NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he wants basketball broadcasts to emulate parts of esports streams on Twitch.
During an interview at Code Commerce in New York City, Silver was asked his thoughts on more online services streaming sports. Silver responded by mentioning Twitch, saying a new online presentation of NBA games could circumvent the limitations that come with cable.
“If you go on Twitch, for example, and see what it looks like to follow those competitions, it’s sort of constant chatter of fans,” he said. “There’s all kinds of other information appearing on the screen, and I think to a lot of older consumers used to looking at sports, it might by incredibly cluttered. But I think as Facebook and these other services experiment with live sports, I think they don’t have the same limitations that cable and satellite traditionally have.”
Silver expanded that the new forms of broadcasting sports online will be a welcome form of innovation and competition between prospective platforms, which will hopefully shake up the presentation of the games. He explained that although high definition TV helped broadcasts, they have largely stayed the same for the past 30 years.