The Phoenix Suns have partnered with Verizon Wireless and Samsung Mobile to become the first NBA team to adopt wireless tablet technology for business and basketball operations. Their tablet of choice? Many would expect it to be Apple’s iPad 2, but the organization decided to go with the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
According to Verizon, Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, his staff and players will make use of the tablet on and off the basketball court. “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a new era in the NBA, where I think teams throughout the league will want to integrate a tablet into their operations,” said Gentry. Each player will receive a Galaxy Tab 10.1 fully loaded with the Suns playbook, video from team practices and games, team and individual scouting reports for upcoming opponents, and travel itineraries for all road trips. “It’s a huge help in that we can keep a whole lot of video playback on each tablet,” Gentry said. “If you’re guarding (the Lakers’) Kobe Bryant tomorrow night, then we’ll put a video on there that has a lot of edits of what he likes to do, showing his best moves.”
The Suns organization also plans to use the tablet for business development opportunities, client and season ticketholder presentations, and in-game promotional programs. It will be incorporated into their TV and radio broadcasts in an effort to connect with fans through social media and other initiatives as well.
Check out our software review of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 below:
Source: Verizon, NBA