MLB, NTT tech partnership
September 5, 2019
Major League Baseball (MLB) and NTT, a global technology and business solutions leader, have partnered on a multi-year technology partnership. NTT is the first Japan based information technology company to be named an official MLB partner in the US. The announcement was made at MLB Headquarters in New York by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., and NTT President and Chief Executive Officer Jun Sawada.
The collaboration will explore and leverage the most advanced technology platforms, highlighted by NTT’s Ultra Reality Viewing (URV), to create new experiences for baseball fans. Also, as “Official MLB Fan Experience Partner for Ultra Reality Viewing” and “Title Sponsor of MLB Network Ballpark Cam,” NTT will increase its brand awareness by utilising MLB’s various distribution platforms including digital, mobile, social, offline and television.
“We’re excited NTT has committed to building an expanded baseball technology portfolio and we eagerly anticipate what the partnership will deliver for clubs and fans,” said Commissioner Manfred. “Sharing, and executing on, a vision to leverage advanced technologies to benefit baseball fans will serve as the foundation for how our NTT partnership will explore and experiment with unique ways to create new baseball experiences.”
“NTT is proud to partner with MLB and accelerate the future of smart sports,” said Jun Sawada, President and CEO, NTT Corporation. “Technological innovations have the potential to change sport and fan experience drastically. Based on our heritage of innovation and successful implementation experience, we will contribute to MLB’s success by creating a new fan experience with our unique Ultra Reality Viewing technology. Through this partnership, NTT aims to establish the valuable technology solution that brings Smart Sports to life.”