The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced a multi-year partnership with Verizon in which the firm has become the competition’s official 5G partner, official wireless services partner and official mobile edge computing (MEC) partner in the U.S.
Moreover Version will become NHL’s official technology partner as the agreement looks to focus on the firm’s 5G capabilities. The company will gain opportunities to with NHL arena operators to install Verizon 5G in select facilities.
Dave Lehanski, NHL Executive Vice President, Business Development and Innovation, stated: “The NHL is excited to partner with Verizon to build the future of the NHL fan experience on a Verizon 5G infrastructure in NHL arenas, at NHL events and at home throughout the United States.
“Together, the NHL and Verizon will leverage the capabilities of Verizon 5G and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) to provide fans with access to entirely new experiences and ways to consume live game content, including leveraging the output of our puck and player tracking system, all in ‘true’ real time. Being on the forefront of innovation is great for our game and especially our fans – and these types of advancements are only possible with best-in-class partners like Verizon.”
Verizon will also be given the opportunity to pilot the development of a MEC use case for in-venue applications. This means features such as gaining real-time access to video highlights, could be enabled by Verizon 5G technology.
“5G Ultra Wideband opens up new opportunities for sports fans and now especially NHL fans to interact with their favorite teams and players, giving them the ability to watch the game from multiple angles, as well as get stats and fantasy scores on players through immersive fan experiences,” added John Nitti, Chief Media Officer, Verizon.
“Through our partnership with the NHL, we’re looking forward to highlighting solutions that enhance the fan experience and working together to build the next generation of hockey fandom no matter where you are.”
In addition Verizon’s subsidiary, Yahoo Sports, will have the opportunity to offer game highlights and other official NHL-produced content to its fantasy players, due to be an existing fantasy part of the competition.
Moreover, Yahoo Sports will also receive an Official Sports Betting Partner designation, which also comes with associated promotional rights for use in connection with its strategic BetMGM partnership.