Prior to social media, sports commentary was a one-way conversation between television experts and viewers. This week, when the Miami Heat take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at the 2012 NBA Finals, fans can talk to insiders directly through PlayUp, a social networking app for sports fans. Tuesday night’s game will feature a live hangout session with Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.
On Thursday, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings will pick up where Curry left off.
Inside PlayUp’s chat room, the athletes will field questions from the fans and share their predictions on the outcome of the games based on their first-hand experiences playing against both teams.
“PlayUp is once again offering fans an incredible opportunity to connect with two of the most likeable budding superstars during what is sure to be an exciting and memorable NBA Finals,” said PlayUp USA CEO Dennis Lee in a statement. “We are extremely proud to offer a platform for Stephen and Brandon to showcase their great personalities to fans.”
Previously, PlayUp staged hangouts with NFL stars Steven Jackson and Stevie Johnson for the Super Bowl, as well as chats with March Madness stars Al Horford, Brandon Knight, and Jay Williams during the NCAA Final Four.
In addition to live chats with friends and other sports fans, PlayUp also offers real-time scoring and stats from more than 36,000 NFL, college football and basketball, NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS games.