Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave a $5 million donation to Indiana University for a state-of-the-art technology center. The Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology will benefit students, fans and athletes.
It will be built inside Assembly Hall, making Indiana the first university in the country to use 3-D multi-camera technology and virtual reality.
“As we were going through the process with 3-D and virtual reality, Fred (Glass, athletic director) was smart and said why not do this just with the Mavericks? Why not do this with Indiana University and give them a competitive advantage?” Cuban told reporters.
Glass said the technology may be up and running in time for the upcoming basketball season. He says the school could use the technology to show recruits their campus campus via virtual reality tour. FreeD camera angles will be used on video boards during football and basketball games, and coaching staffs can use all this technology for game preparation.
The only thing Cuban isn’t happy about is the fact they named the center after him.
“People always say to me, ‘Why don’t you do this, or why don’t you put your name on a building,'” Cuban said. “I always felt like putting your name on a building was something you did for dead people, so you’d be remembered. But they insisted.”