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NBA will use new Microsoft Teams ‘Together’ feature for virtual fan experience during games

More than 300 fans will be shown on 17-foot video screens during NBA games this season, interacting with each other via Microsoft Teams. (NBA Photos) The NBA is getting help from Microsoft to improve the fan experience as the league embarks on an unprecedented shortened season amid the pandemic. The two organizations, which announced a […]

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Mariners owner talks coronavirus safety measures and why baseball is vital to the national psyche

Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis makes a catch during Summer Camp while wearing a mask at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. (Seattle Mariners Photo via Instagram) Seattle Mariners majority owner and chairman John Stanton thinks the country could really use some baseball right about now to help heal some of its ailments. To get there, his […]

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T-Mobile and Seattle Mariners putting fans on the mound with immersive livestream during practice

The view looking toward home plate from the pitcher’s mound at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. (T-Mobile Image) You might not have what it takes to throw a pitch for the Seattle Mariners, but you can at least stand around on the mound and watch. Virtually at least. T-Mobile and the Mariners are teaming for another […]

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GeekWire Podcast: Three tech stories that show how COVID-19 is radically changing our lives

Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. The world of the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced. We covered three stories this week that give us a glimpse into how the virus is changing our lives: We’ll talk about the new realities of work, through the […]

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Seattle Mariners try to keep fans in the game with streaming practices, virtual cheering and more

Seattle Mariners players and coaches are seen on the field at T-Mobile Park during a livestream of one of the team’s Summer Camp workouts. (YouTube screen grab) If you’re going to root, root, root for Mariners in Seattle these days, you’re going to have to do it virtually as baseball has taken on a whole […]

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A virtual slugfest: Seattle Mariners players take on fans in baseball video game tournament

(Mariners Image) They can’t step on real grass, swing for real fences or hear the cheers of real fans, but Seattle Mariners players are still getting in some baseball, albeit virtually, during a showdown that pits them against fans in “MLB The Show 20” on PS4. Sixteen fans and 16 Mariners players, selected during a […]

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Amazon and NFL renew ‘Thursday Night Football’ streaming deal — and add one Saturday game

A “Thursday Night Football” game as seen on Amazon Prime Video. (Amazon / NFL screen grab) Sports fans missing baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and just about anything else that should be in play right now are holding out hope for the return of football in the fall. And Amazon is right there with them, as […]

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Taken out of the ball game, coaches go online to teach skills and aid Fred Hutch’s COVID-19 fight

Tanner Swanson, a catching coach with the New York Yankees, who grew up in Roslyn, Wash., and once coached at the University of Washington. (Photo courtesy Tanner Swanson / MLB) Tanner Swanson was a week away from starting his first full season in the Major Leagues as a member of the New York Yankees coaching […]

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Surface stays on the sidelines: Microsoft and NFL expand tech partnership, add Teams tool to deal

NFL teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, use Microsoft Surface tablets on the sidelines to quickly review past plays during a live game. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Microsoft and the NFL are expanding their alliance to bring more technology to one of the world’s most popular professional sports leagues. NFL players and coaches will continue […]

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Amazon inks deal to stream New York Yankees baseball games on Prime Video

Amazon’s Seattle HQ. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Amazon is expanding its sports media footprint with a new deal to stream New York Yankees baseball games this season. The Seattle tech giant will stream 21 Yankees games on Prime Video later this year. The live MLB content will be free for Prime members, but only […]

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