Verizon and NHL seal multi-year 5G-based deal
Verizon, the US telecoms giant, has entered into a multi-year commercial partnership with North American ice hockey's NHL.
Verizon will servea as the league’s 5G partner, wireless services partner, mobile edge computing partner, as well as an official technology partner.
The 5G element is the partnership’s focus, and Verizon will work with venue operators to install related infrastructure in selected NHL venues in the US.
The company will also pilot the use of technology which could include live access for fans in the stadium to video highlights, enabled by its 5G technology.
In addition to the technology-focused side of the partnership, Yahoo Sports, part of Verizon Media and an arm of the web services and digital media company, will now be able to offer game highlights and other NHL content to players of its fantasy game.
Yahoo Sports has also become an official sports betting partner of the NHL, which comes with various promotional rights, connected to the sports betting partnership (struck in October 2019) it has in place with MGM Resorts, the casino and gaming company.
Dave Lehanski, executive vice-president of business development and innovation at the NHL, said: “Together, the NHL and Verizon will leverage the capabilities of 5G and mobile edge computing 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.”
Earlier this month, Verizon launched a new collaborative viewing experience to enhance its offering for fans of NFL American football for the new season.
‘Watch Together’ is available for free, and enables viewers to hold video chats with their friends and family during live local and primetime games on the Yahoo Sports app. Fans can invite up to three other people to watch the games on their phones through a synchronised live stream, simulating the experience of being in the same room.
In July, Yahoo Sports renewed and enlarged its existing partnership with the NBA.