Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

People were quick to mock this up after the announcement that LeBron would don the cover of NBA 2K14. Good on you, whoever did this.

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LeBron gets the cover for NBA 2K14. Here’s the trailer:

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Remember Sharone Wright? Khalid Reeves? Eric Mobley? Alright, they weren’t big names, but how about Jason Kidd and Grant Hill? Sad news this week as both have decided to retire from the NBA, making them the last active players on the NBA Jam TE roster. There’s no in-depth look into this post, just a reminder of two rookies who made history.

When you pour champagne on yourself instead of your teammates, you’re going to have a bad time. Out of all of the players in the NBA Finals, 27.5% of Chris Bosh’s social buzz was negative, the most of any player.

The Meltwater Group has used their Meltwater Buzz software to see what NBA fans are talking about, and put out this infographic with their results:

As we get set for the NBA Finals tomorrow night, the league has you covered socially. Out of the 4 major sports in North America, the NBA currently has the best social game. At the 2013 Sports Social TV Summit, NBA Marketing SVP Melissa Brenner said: “The NBA’s 400 million combined social media volume would make it the 3rd largest country in the world.” Let’s take a look at how exactly they’re conquering:

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The Finals Pulse: If you want to check out what’s trending in the NBA, check this site out. Right now it’s kinda slow because the Finals haven’t tipped off yet, but it tracks how many Twitter and Facebook mentions a player has gotten within the last hour.

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NBA Social Spotlight: The Finals Pulse shows you who people are talking about, but the NBA Social Spotlight features what people around the world are talking about, in an aesthetically pleasing view. Sourcing posts from Twitter and Instagram using the #NBAFinals hashtag, you can see the latest from the NBA social world.

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YouTube Mini-movies: An underappreciated feature to the NBA’s social game is their use of their mini-movies via their YouTube page. These are basically HBO Sports-style mini-documentaries following the NBA Playoffs. One is put out every week for each conference, and features great behind the scenes footage that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Post-game streaming: Fortunately (or unfortunately) Roy Hibbert won’t be around during these post-game press conferences. This year marks the first time that you’ll be able to check out what the Heat and Spurs have to say after the game by streaming post-game press conferences on your mobile device.

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NBA.com: Of course, NBA.com is your go-to for anything basketball, but The Finals hub is a great resource for the next 4-7 games. As Freddy Lopez at Sport Techie put it, “it’s a centralized content destination and branded to fit the overarching theme.” Here you can check out videos, in-game highlights, stats and all the coverage you need.

2K Sports has released a teaser for their upcoming trailer set to drop on June 6th, the same night as the start of the NBA Finals between the Spurs and the Heat. Not much to say about that teaser, other than the game footage looks the exact same as last year, but here you go.

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And that’s it from the Xbox Reveal. We’ll post some more high quality screens in a separate post after Microsoft puts it on-demand.

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An exclusive look from Wired on the design of the Xbox One:

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What in the hell is up with Ricky Rubio’s legs?

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The NFL and Microsoft ALSO teaming up for fantasy football.

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Lionel Messi in action on the Xbox One:

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GIF of RGIII in action on the Xbox One:

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Looks like the XBOX is getting exclusive Ultimate Team content for FIFA 14.

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FIFA, Madden, UFC, NBA Live (lol) will be developed for release within the next 12 months. No NHL mention.

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Controller specs.

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The full specs for anyone interested. Buddy on stage just called it “space-age technology”… chill with that.

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You’ll be able to live track your sports fantasy teams WHILE watching sports:

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Here’s how your Xbox One controller looks:

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Official name: The Xbox One. Here’s how it looks:

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“For the first time you and your TV are going to have a relationship. It’s going to recognize my voice, my face, etc.” A little creepy.

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3 minutes away. Before we begin, just wanted to say that by 360 red ringed on me yesterday, while in the second round of a NBA 2K13 Online Association Mode playoffs. THANKS.

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Seats being filled right now.

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Touched on this earlier, but we will for sure be seeing how the FIFA franchise looks on the next-gen consoles, but all other games are just rumors. I can also see NBA Live getting some sort of mention as they’re pushing that game for the next-gens.

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The tent the event will be held in. Looks fun. Or kinds cult-ish. Whatever.

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Today’s the day Microsoft unveils the next Xbox system, and we are here to cover and rip into every minute of their presentation. There’s a ton of rumors as what we should be expecting, but since we focus more on sports gaming, look for this liveblog to be sports heavy. I’m hearing reports that we’ll be seeing some features from FIFA, UFC, Madden and others. Will try and update as much as possible with timestamps (all timestamps in Eastern time).