Virtual reality (VR) sports broadcasting has a potentially huge future ahead of it. Head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift and Gear VR allow fans to get closer than ever to the action, and there are a number of companies that are exploring this potential. Among them is Next Galaxy, which has today announced that it has hired former NFL lineman Akim Millington as its Director of Virtual Reality Sports & Entertainment.
Millington will be working closely with Great American Rivalry to bring American football games to VR. Next Galaxy itself plans to broadcast a wide range of these events, including full coverage from Friday night parades, interviews, commentary and, of course, the games themselves. Millington will act as the viewer’s host for these games along with ensuring the broadcast’s overall quality.
“Once in a lifetime, you get the opportunity to revolutionize the way we do things – and this is one of those moments – working alongside groundbreaking VR pioneers at Next Galaxy,” Millington said of his appointment. “I feel as though I am on a Super Bowl calibre [sic] team. VR Sports is as close as you can get without being on the field. From the roar of the fans to the jaw breaking hits, VR coverage makes game day as real as it gets. Just add the face paint!”
It’s not year clear when Next Galaxy will launch these broadcasts. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s progress, reporting back with any further updates.