Sacramento Kings Will Become First Pro Sports Team to Stream Via Google Glass

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

Google co-rounder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass glasses at an announcement for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at Genentech Hall on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Google is giving more people a chance to pay $1,500 for a pair of the Internet-connected glasses that the company is touting as the next breakthrough in mobile computing. The product, dubbed
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The Sacramento Kings just keep coming with the technological innovations, as first-year owner Vivek Ranadive strives to make the festivities at Sleep Train Arena as fan-friendly and ahead-of-the-times as possible. 

Shortly after announcing that they'd become the first team to accept Bitcoin as a means of payment, the Kings are now going to be the leaders of the Google Glass revolution, per a media release from their official website:

The technology will allow fans at the game, and viewing at home, to witness the courtside experience through the eyes of Slamson, Kings dancers, sideline reporters and others closest to the action live as they stream their first-person views through Google Glass. The Glass broadcasts are the latest new technology feature the Kings are testing to improve the in-arena experience for fans.

By joining forces with CrowdOptic, a software company that helps transfer feeds from Google Glass to various mediums, including Jumbotrons, mobile devices and—of course—televisions, Sacramento will be completing the first such broadcast on Jan. 24, when the Indiana Pacers come to town. 

You can see a preview below: 

Pretty cool, huh? 

Maybe someday we'll be able to implement technology that allows players to show us what they're seeing on the court, but that day has not yet arrived. Google Glass, awesome as it is, is a bit too bulky for that, though one has to wonder how it would work for a player who already wears goggles. Kirk Hinrich, here's looking at you.

This isn't a bad second option, as you'll get to feel like you're in courtside seats—or actually on the court, at times—from the comfort of your own living room. 

And it might get even better down the road. 

"Fans could simply aim their smart devices to inherit someone else’s Google Glass view, or evaluate concessions lines. It is just a matter of time before Google Glass is an integral part of the fan experience of watching live sports," said Kings President Chris Granger in the official release. Such developments are only hypothetical at the moment, but don't doubt the technological advances of this franchise. 

Everything is about streamlining and enhancing the experience of the fans who support the Kings, and it's largely being done through the incorporation of cutting-edge technology. 

"When I sold the NBA on keeping the team in Sacramento," Ranadive told ESPN's Darren Rovell, "My pitch included using the sports franchise as a social network to push the technology envelope."

So far, the founder and CEO of TIBCO Software is doing exactly that.

Here's hoping the next development—and there will be one—is as exciting as what you'll see on Jan. 24. 

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