Utah Jazz set to provide unprecedented inside look

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) /

Fans everywhere have a chance to watch a live Utah Jazz practice this week.

Per NBA.com, the Utah Jazz agreed to a “groundbreaking arrangement” with Zoom, in which up to 50,000 viewers will be able to tune in on Saturday to see the final practice session of the ongoing training camp in Las Vegas.

This “webinar” — as Utah is calling it — will also include player interviews, guest commentary, and a few pre-recorded segments about the franchise and its facilities. The Jazz social media accounts will provide the link at an unspecified time on Saturday; evidently, access to the stream will be first come, first served.

In short, it is an opportunity for folks to enjoy an in-depth sneak peek two days before the team begins a four-game preseason slate with its road bout against the San Antonio Spurs at 6:30 p.m. MT Monday. NBA.com described Saturday’s event as “an unforgettable experience where [fans will] be able to possess the same level of intimacy as if they were in the stands at Vivint Arena.”

A Utah Jazz power move

As has become evident on more than one occasion this offseason, the franchise is making an impressive attempt to outdo its NBA counterparts in the virtual reality game.

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Here’s what Jazz owner Ryan Smith, who is the executive chairman and co-founder of the ultra-successful experience management company Qualtrics, said about this latest move:

“We are always focused on connecting with our fans and finding unique technology to bring unprecedented access to our players and coaches. We are excited to partner with Zoom to leverage its innovative platform to stream practice for the first time in our history…This experience begins a new chapter of fan engagement and direct-to-consumer content.”

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The Utah Jazz’s first regular-season game is on Oct. 20 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder.