Pacers Going Fancy With Google Glass Launch

It’s been tough to watch the Pacers recently. Paul George has forgotten how to shoot a basketball, and the team has picked a poor time to look extremely vulnerable. With the playoffs right around the corner, there are plenty of reasons to be short of optimism.

So, to spice things up and keep the fans entertained, enter Google Glass!

Earlier today, the Indiana Pacers issued a press release announcing the launch, which you can read in its entirety here. The launch will take place tomorrow, March 26, against LeBron and the Heat. Fans at the game will be able to see the game through the eyes of certain Pacers personnel, including announcers, the Pacemates, and the dog trainer. Yes, THE DOG TRAINER. Get your tickets now, folks!

Sadly, we won’t get to see through the eyes of any of the players against the Heat. I was looking forward to seeing the game through Roy Hibbert’s eyes just to understand how someone who stands 7’2″ can go 21 minutes without snagging a single rebound as he did against the Memphis Grizzlies. I guess we’ll just have to wait.

However, the press release did announce that some of the players will use Google Glass during a practice and that footage will be displayed on the giant Jumbtron in The Fieldhouse during the game. So, there’s that.

Here are C.J. Watson and George Hill trying it out.

The Pacers aren’t the first team to introduce this idea, as the Sacramento Kings beat them to it earlier this season. Tech geek and Kings owner Vivek Ranadive led the way, and I’d expect many more teams to follow the trend. In a world with free online game streaming and NBA League Pass, owners will constantly be looking for ways to sell tickets and fill the arenas. Being able to have a better view of the game could be a cool way to do this, so it’s worth a shot.

If you’re curious as to what exactly the fans will be seeing, check out the video below that the Sacramento Kings put together.

Of course, the end game is getting the players to use this technology. Seeing the game through the eyes of the broadcaster is kind of cool, but for now, it’s just a step. Personally, I’d be more interested in going to the practice where the players will be using Google Glass.

This is an exciting development, and it will be fun to see how teams around the league utilize this kind of technology to enhance the overall fan experience.

UPDATE: Here’s some video from Indiana’s practice of players using Glass during a 3-on-3 game.


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