I watched the national championship in virtual reality and it was sports purgatory

MANHATTAN — You can’t be in two places at once, but I’m currently sitting on the Michigan bench of the men’s NCAA basketball national championship game in San Antonio. I’m also in an overly-air conditioned private room of Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in New York City. The downside is that in order to bend space and time, I must keep a bulky virtual reality set strapped to my head. I look like a total dweeb and I feel slightly nauseous.

This event is a publicity thing for Intel’s VR experience. They partnered with Turner Sports to broadcast 21 of the March Madness games in virtual reality this year. A bunch of tech bloggers, many marketing people, and one Steve Lavin — the former head coach of UCLA and St. John’s who now calls games for the VR broadcasts — mill about, drinking beers, eating wings, and strapping these plastic boxes to their heads.

I’m here because the thought of watching one of sports’ big, sacred games in such an untraditional way seems sacrilegious and strange, which means I definitely want to try it. For those of you unfamiliar with VR, it’s basically like an individualized iMax theater. You wear a boxy pair of goggles and when you move your head, your viewpoint changes. Rather than one contained

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/4/3/17192218/villanova-michigan-ncaa-national-championship-game-virtual-reality-40-40-club-jay-z

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