Beyond Sports part of pilot program NHL
January 14th, 2019
For more than four years, the National Hockey League has sought the ability to track where every player is on the ice at all times. This week, that technology was tested for the first time in a regular-season game.
During the last two Vegas Golden Knights home games, players wore chips inside their shoulder pads which, alongside a connected puck, provided the most comprehensive data ever collected from an NHL game. Next to Beyond Sports, the league asked five different tech companies, spanning virtual reality and sports gambling, to showcase possible uses for the data.
The result was a glimpse into what hockey might look like for fans in the future - and a roadmap to commercial opportunities for the league, players and sponsors. Beyond Sports used the data to create a full virtual-reality version of the game, one that lets fans view a play from any vantage point. Later on, Beyond Sports is invited to show the possibilities of VR, based on the NHL data, at the All-Star Game as well.
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Source: Article in Bloomberg by Eben Novy-Williams
Credits photo: The Vegas Golden Knights take on the New York Rangers in Las Vegas on Jan. 8. Photographer: Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images