The Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks have advanced to the championship rounds of their respective leagues, the ninth time a metro region has hosted the NBA and NHL finals at the same time. It marks the first time those sports have simultaneously contested their finals west of such subzero climates as New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. For fans, it has been a thrilling, exhausting spring, summoning game faces night after night — sometimes on the same night — for two “home” teams. “There have been a lot of late nights over the past month,” said Dan Fisher, a Sharks season ticket holder. He watched Monday night’s Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Britannia Arms in downtown San Jose, despite the periodic “annoyance” of the Warriors’ Game 7 win over Oklahoma City playing on many of the bar’s TVs.
More than half of the city’s residents were born outside of Canada, so in some ways the globalization of basketball is coming home to roost, with immigrants bringing their interest in the sport as they settle into a pre-existing NBA market. “I feel like basketball is the biggest thing in Toronto,” said Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, the Toronto native who was the first pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Bigger than hockey? “I think so,” Wiggins said. “I think it changed over.”
Oculus Rift is Facebook’s virtual reality headset, and it could make them huge profits by changing the way we consume sports in the future. Much of the excitement about Oculus Rift, which Facebook acquired for $2 billion last March, was about its role in the video gaming world. Many saw Oculus Rift revolutionizing gaming by creating far more immersive e-worlds than ever before. However, now, Oculus Rift and other virtual reality vendors are rumored to be looking to use this technology to produce an infinite amount of courtside seats that it could sell to sports fans.