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Google Glass will supplement broadcasts of Sacramento Kings games

Kings mascot Slamson will be outfitted with a pair of Google Glass during the game on Jan. 24.
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The Sacramento Kings are giving their fans an extra incentive to watch their game against the Indiana Pacers this Friday. According to the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 21, the team will be broadcasting part of their game through the cameras on several pairs of Google Glass.

The team revealed their big plan earlier in the week, noting that this move will make them the first professional team to utilize Glass. By collaborating with software company CrowdOptic, the team will be able to broadcast different Google Glass views on the jumbotron inside Sleep Train Arena. The goal is to continue broadcasting to the jumbotron at all home games. For viewers at home, the Google Glass views will be incorporated into News10’s broadcast.

Viewers won’t just get to see one perspective either. The devices are being given to mascot Slamson, a few Kings dancers, sideline reporters and other Kings employees, though that could change by game time. Players aren’t allowed to wear the devices while in play, but there is the possibility that a few of them might wear them in the tunnel while running onto the court.

The Google Glass feeds won’t take over the broadcast, but will be used to supplement the material professional videographers capture. Most uses of Glass will likely be as replays, said team spokesman Lorenzo Butler.

This move is one in a series to make the Kings one of the most technologically advanced in professional sports, as is Chairman Vivek Ranadive’s intent. Last week, they became the first professional sports team to accept Bitcoin, a virtual currency.

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