If you are watching the Brooklyn Nets host the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7:30 p.m. on YES Network, you also will have the opportunity to play along as the action is happening.
New York-based Simplebet and the YES Network announced Tuesday they have launched “Pick-N-Play Live,” the first-ever, real-time, in-game, single-screen watch and play experience.
The free-to-play prediction game, the first to be integrated within a live sports broadcast, will be available on the YES App to authenticated YES Network viewers in conjunction with YES’ Brooklyn Nets telecasts starting tonight.
The Nets are New York sports betting favorites to win the Eastern Conference despite currently being among the East's play-in teams.
The prediction game also will be available for the YES App’s streamed New York Yankees games this coming season.
Available via the YES App on iOS and Android, “Pick-N-Play Live” has many options for users. You can make in-game predictions, for instance, on possession result and player points. Fans can compete against others for prizes such as a variety of gift cards, team merchandise and occasional unique in-person experiences, with a live leaderboard updating throughout each game.
“Pick-N-Play Live” predictions put fans in the coaches’ and managers’ shoes.
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What Fans Can Do During Games
Sample predictions during Nets games:
- Which team scores next?
- How many points will Kevin Durant score this quarter?
Sample Major League Baseball predictions during Yankees games:
“This is the first inning of a convergence between media and gaming, and we’re thrilled to be at the bleeding-edge with a partner like the YES Network,” Chris Bevilacqua, co-Founder and CEO of Simplebet, said in a news release. "Micro-market technology is reimagining the fan experience and drives longer watch times, which in turn is beneficial for operators and media partners alike.”
The YES App provides registered users with a live stream of the YES Network, including its Nets, Yankees, New York City Football Club (MLS) and New York Liberty (WNBA) games.
The app also has innovative live statistics and YES Watch Party offerings in conjunction with its streamed Yankees and Nets telecasts.
Co-founded in 2018, Simplebet has developed a suite of innovative micro-betting products for real money and free-to-play experiences for the NBA, MLB, NFL, college football and most recently college basketball. The company enables sports betting operators, media companies, and technology companies to enhance live sports by offering engaging experiences in real-time with their proprietary automated operations platform.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country for 17 of the last 19 years, owns the exclusive regional TV rights of the Yankees, the Nets, 2021 MLS Cup Champion New York City FC and the Liberty.