Yahoo Sports partners with NBA to bring the Disney bubble to fans in virtual reality

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Yahoo Sports has partnered with the NBA to virtually bring fans inside the Disney bubble.

The partnership, in coordination with virtual reality production company RYOT, will transport fans inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for 13 seeding games between now and mid-August, via Oculus devices. The experience will include integrated fantasy basketball and sports betting content.

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“RYOT’s powerful VR capabilities will deliver a truly immersive live experience at home, creating a seamless experience between the physical and digital world,” Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan said. “NBA League Pass in VR is exactly the kind of innovative solution we love to create with our partners. Working with the NBA to redefine the fan’s experience of the game has amazing implications for the future of sports and entertainment.”

A basketball court is shown at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla., Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The NBA's marketing motto for the restart of the season at Walt Disney World is “Whole New Game,” and in many respects, that’s very true. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)
A basketball court at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)

In a partnership that extends beyond this season, Verizon Media will also expand its NBA content across Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy and Yahoo Sportsbook, including enhanced League Pass distribution with digitally overlain fantasy and betting components for fan engagement. Yahoo Sports will also produce shows with a similar focus during the conference finals and NBA Finals in addition to continuing its collaboration with the NBA on location at the NBA draft, All-Star Weekend and other marquee events.

The following games will be available on VR (all times Eastern):

July 31: Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards, 4 p.m.

Aug. 1: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m.

Aug. 2: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 p.m.

Aug. 2: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m.

Aug. 3: San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m.

Aug. 4: Orlando Magic vs. Indiana pacers, 6 p.m.

Aug. 5: Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 4 p.m.

Aug. 7: Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m.

Aug. 9: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors, 2 p.m.

Aug. 10: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat, 8 p.m.

Aug. 11: Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 11: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards, 9 p.m.

Aug. 12: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m.