In February NextVR, the live-streaming virtual reality (VR) production company announced a five year deal with FOX Sports to broadcast sporting events live in 360-degrees. In one of the companies first events since that deal, the partnership will be showing seven games of the 2016 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The broadcast will feature the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games of the college basketball tournament live from Madison Square Garden. It’ll begin on 10th March and all games will be broadcast live on FS1 with the 12th March championship game on FOX (5:30pm ET).
“Our pipeline for premiere sports content keeps building and we’re excited to deliver virtual reality programming with broad appeal to college sports fans, well-known early adopters of technology,” said Brad Allen, NextVR Chairman in a statement.
NextVR’s immersive broadcast will give fans courtside seats, with views near the sideline player huddles and under the basket. The live VR stream will also include audio and graphics highlighting player stats, scores and game updates.
“Fans want to be a part of the action and virtual reality takes the fan experience to the next level,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President, COO & Executive Producer. “Our relationship with NextVR comes at a time as the demand to enjoy these amazing ‘like being there’ experiences expands.”
To view the tournament in VR fans can go to the FOX Sports Section on the NextVR app if you own a Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD). For further details go to www.nextvr.com/gearvr-live. VRFocus will continue its coverage of NextVR and the latest events in its roster.