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.
NBA 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.
ESPN 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.
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.
If you activate Google Search right now and cue any NBA team actively in the playoffs, you are going to get a ton of information. The newest addition is a video recap that links directly to YouTube. If you are on a mobile device, the YouTube app will automatically open. Elsewhere, an embedded video will play rather than opening a new link or tab.
Google is currently working on adding other professional sports leagues for future video recaps.
On Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, the Sacramento Kings became the first team in NBA history to do something very special. And it has nothing to do with the team’s performance on the court. The Kings are the first team to utilize Google Glass during a game. Kings Host Scott Freshour used Google’s wearable gadget to give TV and web viewers a look at the arena getting revved up for Friday night’s game.
The team also distributed Google Glass to the announcer, general manager, and some fans. One fan told CBS 13 in Sacramento that “I’m watching the game and then they’ll come to me and they’ll see what I’m looking at.” With such good reception, the Kings plan on giving coaches Google Glass to have a look at plays just seconds after they happen. To do this, there is a control team underneath the arena; however, that team will soon get its own dedicated control room in the near future. And to keep themselves in front of everyone else, the Sacramento Kings have announced they will start accepting Bitcoin in March.
Source: CBS 13 Sacramento
Samsung, the company that has no problem marketing its products is still at it and this time they’ve brought MVP LeBron James back for some more Samsung promo love. It was announced earlier this week that Samsung and the NBA struck a $100 million dollar deal where the association will use and promote Samsung products. To kick things off, Sammy is showcasing their new commercial which aired on opening night for the Miami Heat, touting their products with LeBron’s help.
The two minute spot shows off the four-time MVP using his Note 3 Galaxy Gear and Note 10.1 tab to capture personal and profession interactions with family and fellow NBA players. You can see LeBron tank a golf shot in the drink, video chatting with his son and even a little driveway B-ball for the NBA championship winning shot. Check out the video below in full and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
We always knew questions like this were going to eventually come up as the technology used in Google Glass became more and more prominent— in a Reddit AMA session (Ask Me Anything) on Friday, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was asked, “Do you think Google Glass could ever be integrated into live games, for example by having the officials wear them and letting the TV audience see what they saw?”
Morey, an MIT grad, was definitely interested in the idea, and even told the Redditor to ask Adam Silver, who will be stepping in as the NBA’s next commissioner come February.
Now the actual chance of something like this actually happening is very low, as some professional sports leagues are still getting used to the idea of something as low-tech as instant replay (MLB). It may be a welcome change somewhere way, way, way down the road, but don’t expect anything anytime soon. Just a nice idea for now…
For all the fans of the 2K line of basketball games, you will be happy to know that you can play 2K13 anywhere you have a device running Android 4.0 or higher. Yesterday 2K Games released NBA 2K13 on the traditional consoles, but they also released it in the Google Play Store. The game costs $8 and won’t give you the full experience you get on a traditional console, but will let you play full exhibition games as any of the 30 teams. You can also recreate legendary performances in NBA’s Greatest Games mode or play as your favorite team in the Multiseason Mode. It uses the 2K basketball engine with controls optimized for mobile gaming. Normally I would not expect much from a game like this, Madden 12 anyone, but we will let you be the judge. Use the link or QR code after the break to check the game out in the Play Store.
If you’re a basketball fan, or even just need a new smartphone, you may want to check into how you can win a brand new Verizon HTC Thunderbolt. On top of winning that phone, you’ll also get a private party with Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks and net worth $2.5billion) and 10 of your friends. Just sayin here, it could be one heck of a wild night with a guy that has a bank roll like that!
You’ll have to follow Mark Cuban at http://twitter.com/MCuban to gather 5 puzzle pieces, which will be revealed to you which Verizon locations they’re at for you to retrieve. The pieces will start Friday April 1st and go til April 5th. the winner will be selected at Victory Park Plaza, Dallas, TX on Wed April 6th.
Who: Dallas Area Fans who want to win a ThunderBolt by HTC & a private party with Mark Cuban!
What: ThunderBolt Launch Party
When: April 6, 2011 at 4pm CT
Where: Follow @MCuban to find out where to gather puzzle pieces
Official rules here