The Super Bowl is right around the corner. Come February 7, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will battle it out for football supremacy. So how will you be watching? Facebook has recently launched a new app hoping to attract more sports fans during live broadcasts. Today, we’re going to take a look at the new Sports Stadium and how this will change your viewing experience.
Social media has transformed the way many of us experience live television. More particularly, sports broadcasts. From live tweeting games to sharing games you’re currently watching via status updates, a community has been created amongst sports fans the world over, and all without even being in the same room as other likeminded supporters.
Just ahead of the biggest sporting event in the world, Facebook is rolling out its next ambitious project: Sports Stadium.
“With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world’s largest stadium. People already turn to Facebook to celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash with their friends and other fans.”
In a nutshell, Facebook Sports Stadium is an interactive new app that will not only connect sports fans with others, but also provide a platform that will give them real-time score updates, plays, live analysis, and more.
According to a blog post, here is what Sports Stadium can do:
- View posts from friends and comment on plays
- Posts and commentary from experts and analysts, teams, leagues, journalists and beat writers, and you can easily access their respective pages
- Live scores, stats, and play-by-play
- Game info and where and how you can watch the game
How does it compare to Twitter? All information pertaining to the game appears in real-time and in chronological order.
As a second screen experience, Sports Stadium users can track the game via play-by-play updates, like, comment, and share highlights, and know what’s going on at all times, from kickoff (or tip-off or first pitch etc) to the final whistle. More features will be introduced as the app goes along.
“Sports is a global interest that connects people around the world,” said Facebook in a blog post. “This product makes connecting over sports more fun and engaging, and we will continue listening to feedback to make it even better.”
Is this enough to compete with Twitter in the area of live updates and commentary? It may be a little further down the road until we know for sure. Then again, if Facebook picked any time to roll out its new feature (NFL Conference Championship weekend, a marquee NBA matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, and that Big Game going on in Santa Clara in a few weeks), you could be hearing a lot of chatter about Sports Stadium.
Kafka, Steve. “Introducing the Facebook Sports Stadium.” Facebook Newsroom. http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/01/facebook-sports-stadium/ January 20, 2016
Lelinwalla, Mark. “Hands-On With Facebook’s New Sports Stadium Hub.” Tech Times. http://www.techtimes.com/articles/126591/20160125/hands-facebooks-new-sports-stadium-hub.htm January 25, 2016