"Despite widespread availability of Wi-Fi in NBA arenas, there are actually very few teams and facilities pushing the envelope when it comes to fan-facing digital services," said Paul Kapustka, editor-in-chief of Mobile Sports Report.
Burlingame, Calif. (PRWEB) March 27, 2014
With 23 of its 29 arenas wired for fan-facing Wi-Fi, the National Basketball Association just might be America's most-connected professional league. But with only a few facilities actively pushing advanced networked services, the digital fan experience for live NBA games still has a lot of room to improve, according to new research from Mobile Sports Report.
"Despite widespread availability of Wi-Fi in NBA arenas, there are actually very few teams and facilities pushing the envelope when it comes to fan-facing digital services," said Paul Kapustka, editor-in-chief of Mobile Sports Report, a research and analysis firm that focuses on the stadium technology market. In its new Stadium Tech Report for Q1 2014, Mobile Sports Report looked at wireless deployments in all 29 NBA stadiums and found that while all but six teams had public Wi-Fi networks available, only a handful of teams were offering or promoting innovative services over their in-building wireless networks.
“Part of what we’re seeing is just the early days of innovation, where infrastructure needs to be solidly deployed before organizations can start using it for new services,” said Kapustka, whose analysis of the league Wi-Fi situation is included in the 35-page report. “Our guess is that before long, more teams will start experimenting and follow the early successes of the organizations leading the way.”
The first issue in the Stadium Tech Report series for this year is available now for free download at http://www.mobilesportsreport.com, thanks to sponsorships from Crown Castle, Extreme Networks, SOLiD and AmpThink. In addition to team-by-team capsules of wireless deployments for all 30 NBA teams at the league's 29 facilities, the report also includes in-depth profiles of the network deployments at three leading arenas: The Brooklyn Nets' Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home to both the LA Lakers and LA Clippers; and the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic.
Mobile Sports Report, an independent editorial research firm, previously published the State of the Stadium Technology Survey for 2013, which looked at technology deployment trends across a wide range of major entertainment and sports facilities; and The Connected Event Dilemma, an independent research paper that outlined many of the challenges faced by the deployments of high-quality wireless networks at large public venues like stadiums, arenas, music festivals, convention centers and casinos. For 2014, Mobile Sports Report plans to publish several more Stadium Tech Report issues, as well as a State of the Stadium Technology Survey for 2014. Mobile Sports Report also publishes daily news and analysis of the stadium technology and mobile sports marketplaces at its website, mobilesportsreport.com.
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