With professional sports leagues canceling the rest of their seasons during the coronavirus pandemic, some basketball and hockey teams are using video game simulations to play the rest of the season.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment has started airing hour-long simulations on Comcast‘s
(NASDAQ: CMCSA) NBC Sports Station in Washington, DC, starting Saturday with the NBA Washington Wizards against the Milwaukee Bucks via Take-Two Interactive‘s (NASDAQ: TTWO) NBA 2K20 video game.
The show featured gameplay and commentary from the video game as well as coverage from NBC’s Wizards advertisers. The Bucks beat the Wizards 80-61 in four eight-minute quarters.
NHL Washington Capitals take on the St. Louis Blues via Electronic arts‘ (NASDAQ: EA) EA Sports NHL 20, with the presentation featuring commentary from NBC Capitals advertisers.
The event will be broadcast on the Monumental Sports Network.
The NBA’s Phoenix Suns took a slightly different approach, playing their regular season games using NBA 2K20 to Amazon.com‘s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Twitch streaming platform and streaming on the team’s Twitch channel.
Seven NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19. The league has come under fire for testing players who did not show symptoms of coronavirus, leading to accusations that professional athletes were receiving preferential treatment amid a testing shortage during the pandemic.
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