Verizon Business announced the Phoenix Suns are using BlueJeans by Verizon to deliver a Second Screen experience that provides a new, safe, and interactive way for fans to watch and engage with their favorite team and brands across the NBA. Part of a larger, long-term strategic relationship with Verizon to drive sports innovation through the use of 5G, technology, and analytics, together, the Phoenix Suns and Verizon are bringing their combined expertise to set a new bar for professional sports. After a months-long hiatus in the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) season due to COVID-19, the Phoenix Suns got back on the court last summer with no fans in the stands. Playing in a bubble that the NBA had created at Walt Disney World in Orlando to restart the season meant the team had to quickly find innovative ways to engage its fan base and retain members. To complement the Suns livestream of the game, using BlueJeans Events the Suns provided fans with additional streamed video content they could interact with in real time using polls, chat interactions, hand raise and other platform features during games, including interviews with NBA legends and insiders, contests, and promotions for the Suns and its partner brands. These personalized touchpoints only continue to get more creative and frequent. For the Suns, this next wave of sports innovation is all about creating frictionless transitions for fans both in the physical and virtual worlds to develop better relationships with them and bolster loyaltysomething thats already paying off in dividends. Whereas in the past, online interactions with fans were largely passive, BlueJeans Events has allowed the Suns organization to be more proactive, discovering new ways to engage fans by connecting with followers in two-way digital conversations, such as through VIP lessons with the Suns personal trainer. According to the Suns, about 95% of its fans have never had the opportunity to watch a game in person. These specialized, virtual experiences over BlueJeans offer a great way to bring these fans closer to the game, fostering team affinity and brand advocates moving forward.