Updated: Jan 25, 2021
The world is changing and Virtual Reality (VR) could serve as a way to provide fans with experiences previously thought only to be possible at in-person events, says Cronkite News Arizona PBS, in its April 3rd, 2020 edition.
With the sports world at a standstill during the COVID-19 pandemic, one platform may change how fans take in sports for years to come. The Virtual Reality is the one that can bring back the sport word. How that can be? Virtual Reality can potentially enhance sports and the way video game enthusiasts consume and interact with live games. Also, through as VR live-streaming, gamers are able to watch sports competitions while wearing VR goggles and communicating with other viewers, the commentators, and sometimes even the professional athletes through text-chatting.
The young sports fans are much more connected to the digital world than previous generations and the traditional sports leagues are starting to pay attention to the increasing popularity and options Virtual Reality provides.
According to the news outlet, John Kosner, an investor in sports technology startups, believes that sports broadcasts must evolve to become “more appealing to younger fans". He says also that “a more immersive experience around sports is definitely coming”.
All the eyes are looking for tools to bring back the world sport and its economy. The market for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality products are predicted to end the year with growth of 23 percent globally, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker.
Cronkite article also mentions Irwin Kisner. The executive chairman of Herrick Sports Law Group, is quoted saying “I think people will have the capability to go into their own room and watch these contests as if they are there. It promotes a safer environment and they may be able to still feel like they are there.” The world will never be the same after this pandemic. But, after all, we'll find out a new normal with more technology, more Virtual Reality helping the real life, in the sport world and many other segments.