Fox Sports announced today that it is teaming with NextVR to broadcast the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games of the 2016 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament virtual reality from Madison Square Garden beginning on March 10.
In total, seven games and more than 15 hours of live virtual reality coverage will be streamed over three days via the Fox Sports Section on the NextVR portal. It will mark the first time a college basketball tournament will be broadcast live to a global audience in virtual reality. All games will also be broadcast live on FS1, and the championship game will be carried by Fox on March 12 beginning at 5:30 P.M. ET).
It is part of Fox Sports’ five-year partnership with the Laguna Beach, Ca.-based NextVR announced last month.
Founded in 2009 by producer/director/cinematographer D.J. Roller and digital imaging/3D tech vet David Cole, NextVR has more than 26 patents granted or pending for the capture, compression, transmission, and display of virtual reality content.
Fox Sports and NextVR previously collaborated on live virtual reality broadcasts of the Daytona 500, the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race in Fontana, Calif., and the U.S. Open Golf Championship in Washington State in 2015 and January’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) matches.