The NBA will make history Tuesday as the league will become the first to broadcast a live professional sports game in virtual reality.
As the 2015-2016 season kicks off, the NBA, Turner Sports and NextVR will live stream opening night when the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
In addition to the game, participating fans will get a front-row seat to history. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will award the Warriors their 2015 championship rings in a pregame ceremony that will also be part of the broadcast.
“This is a landmark event for us and will give fans the feeling of sitting courtside,” said Jeff Marsilio, vice-president of global media distribution for the NBA.
For now, this unique experience is limited to fans in the United States who own a Samsung Gear VR headset. They can access the live stream via NextVR, found on the Oculus app.
The NBA wouldn’t comment on the number of people it expects to tune into the stream but says if this is successful, this could be the beginning of something bigger.
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