The Brooklyn Nets Join The Metaverse — Becoming The First Professional Sports Team To Do So
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The Brooklyn Nets Join The Metaverse — Becoming The First Professional Sports Team To Do So

The Brooklyn Nets have joined the “Netaverse.”

HypeBeast is reporting that the New York-based basketball team is offering what they’re calling “a revolutionary way to watch the NBA.”

By using over 100 high-resolution cameras to create a full 360 virtual reality experience, fans who participate in the team’s investment in the Metaverse will be able to be on the court, in real-time, as they play ball. Fans can choose to watch the Brooklyn Nets from any part of the virtual Barclays Center, which is the first stadium to install this camera setup (but, they hope, they will not be the last). Fans can choose to either be behind the net, courtside or even in the middle of the court — and they don’t have to break the bank to get these once-coveted seats.

A video explanation of how it works can be seen below.

The best part is, this camera setup can generate life-like versions of each of the Brooklyn Nets in a matter of minutes, making it all but guaranteed to see the game in real-time. That’s thanks to the technology provided by Canon’s Free Viewpoint System. It’s unclear when this technology will be implemented throughout the rest of the NBA or whether it will also extend to other professional sports, as well.

What is the Metaverse? And What are the Brooklyn Nets Doing There?

The Brooklyn Nets have made history by becoming one of the first sports teams to join the Metaverse. However, many people don’t know what the Metaverse is or its impact on the way we do business online.

Fortunately, WIRED has a great explanation.

As AfroTech previously reported, the term “metaverse” itself is pretty similar to the term “cyberspace” in terms of what it entails. In other words, the “metaverse” isn’t a particular place but a description of how we interact with the cyber world around us.

“The technologies that make up the metaverse can include virtual reality—characterized by persistent virtual worlds that continue to exist even when you’re not playing—as well as augmented reality that combines aspects of the digital and physical worlds,” reports WIRED.

And the thing is, you don’t have to log in to “Meta” by Facebook to interact with the metaverse. Meta is just one of several channels to access the broader metaverse (So, no, Mark Zuckerberg does not “own the metaverse”).

In other words, to sum it all up — basically, the Brooklyn Nets (and other investors) are investing in getting a piece of the Internet.