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Verizon offering special half season deal for NBA League Pass


Through their Go90 platform, Verizon is making available a special deal for the NBA League Pass for the second half of the season. To help entice potential NBA fans to sign up for the Go90 service, Verizon is also making some free NBA previews available to Go90 subscribers. You may recall that last fall Verizon inked a deal with the NBA to become the exclusive service provider for the NBA and several related properties like the WNBA. Making games available via the Go90 service was big part of the new partnership. Read more

Verizon scores slam dunk by taking NBA partnership over from Sprint


Verizon and the NBA announced they have entered into a new, multiyear content and marketing partnership that will make Verizon the Official Wireless Service Provider for the NBA and several of their related properties. With this move, Verizon moves into the spot previously held by Sprint. Verizon plans to use the partnership to help promote various “features” offered by the carrier, including the newly launched go90 platform. Read more

The NBA is filming the All-Star Game in 360-degrees for Samsung’s Gear VR


If you’ve ever wanted a court-side seat at an NBA (basketball) game but couldn’t afford the $9.000 price tag, Samsung and the NBA may well be on the verge of providing a solution. All you need is a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, its accompanying Gear VR headset, access to Samsung’s Milk VR Store and you could be watching NBA highlights in virtual-reality

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Companion app released for 2015 NBA All-Star Game


Thousands of basketball fans from around the country will head to New York City in less than two weeks for the activities surrounding the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. Both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will co-host as the city is home to the teams. The game itself will be played at Madison Square Garden while Barclays Center has other weekend activities. Since there will be so much going on in such a big city, the NBA has launched a companion app. The NBA All-Star NYC App is a complete guide with schedules, ticket information, and point-to-point directions. Of course, the league is paying attention to fans that will not make it to New York City. The app also has news and NBA Game Time content. And, as a bonus, there is a map containing the history of basketball in The Big Apple.

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game takes place on February 15 with preceding events starting February 13.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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ZTE partners with Knicks, Rockets, and Warriors as official smartphone sponsor


On Tuesday, the National Basketball League will start its season and one of the teams playing in the evening’s doubleheader has a new sponsor. The Houston Rockets, along with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors, have each partnered with ZTE. The Chinese telecommunications company is the official smartphone sponsor for those three teams. The sponsorship entails involvement in local communities with each team and its charities.

This is just adds to the plethora of NBA sponsors, past and present, from the wireless industry. For the entire league, companies like Samsung and Sprint are sponsors. On a team-by-team basis, just about everyone has a sponsorship somewhere.

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NBA 2K15 for Android exclusively available from Amazon

NBA-2K15-androidNBA 2K15 launched today for Android, but for now, the only official way to get it on your device is through Amazon’s AppStore. It’s unclear how long it’ll be until the game is also available on Google’s Play Store. The new game has greatly improved graphics, a new MyCareer mode that has players work through a storyline for their custom-made character, and a new Pharrell Williams-curated soundtrack.

You can download the app from the Amazon link below.

Source: Amazon

Pebble officially gets ESPN app for live scores

pebble espnESPN has announced that they are officially bringing their application to the Pebble Smartwatch. The app will cover scores from many major professional games, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, plus college football and basketball. It’s just in time for football season to kick back up.

The app will be available in the Pebble store and will let you keep up with your favorite teams and sports without having to take your phone out of your pocket. Definitely a must-have for sports fans.

source: ESPN


NBA looking to give anyone with Glass a courtside experience


Those in the NBA are big fans of the new tech that is Google Glass. The Sacramento Kings were the first of the NBA to incorporate the device. Well the Pacers are looking to incorporate the device while also looking to expand functionality of Glass during their games by expanding the amount of services that take advantage of it. Glass users will be able to view the game courtside regardless of where they sit. Texts can be sent to Glass users giving them directions and alerts letting them know when the team and this courtside experience is about to go live.

Roy Hibbert has been the biggest supporter of Glass for the Pacers, but there are others that are embracing the technology. While the NBA has been on team Android for a few years now, with Samsung being the supplier of tablets and other devices, the NBA is really pushing forward with experimenting with Glass. At some point refs may be wearing the device too. So while the device may not be that popular with the every day folk out there, it’s at least picking up traction in the sports world. Of course, having a fat bank account might help with that too. You can check out Roy Hibbert and Glass in action after the break.

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