On July 23 Thursday, Microsoft Corporation and National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a deal in which the way fans experience the NBA action is going to be transformed completely. According to this deal, when the NBA going to restart the 2019-20 season on 30 July in the Bubble at Walt Disney Resort, Orlando, Florida, there will be more than 300 virtual fans going to join the match.
In addition to this, Microsoft has also become an Official Artificial Intelligence partner, an Official Cloud Partner, Official Laptop Partner for the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, and USA Basketball from the start of 2020-21 season. Barack Obama First Guest On “The Michelle Obama Podcast”
With the help of Microsoft’s Teams app and giant screens, fans will be surely present at the stands in each NBA game.
This extraordinary feat. will be achieved by installing a large 17 feet tall LED screen around the arena, which encloses the three sides of the stadium. To fill these virtual stands, fans need to login to Microsoft’s Team app and then using the new “Together mode” it will seem like they all are sitting right next to each other. The objective is to simulate the real arena environment.
Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic situation, the NBA had suspended its all matches since March when one of the Utah Jazz players tested positive. Before starting the season, all the staff, players, and media persons will be first tested and keep isolated as a precaution to keep everyone safe.
Sara Zuckert, The head of the next-generation telecast of the NBA stated in a press conference, “the majority of our cameras near the court will be robotic for the first time”. In order to provide the perfect view to the audience, cameras are going to be placed closer to players. Considering the safety of players, as stated by Sara the majority of cameras are going to be robotic.
Due to the limited capacity of the venue and screen as well, the number of virtual fans are limited to 320 only. The selection process of fans will be decided by the home teams on which they are currently working on, Sara Zuckert added further.