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NBA FINALS NOTES: FANS CAN BE A SCORSESE WITH NBA.CAM

          For the first time in the NBA Finals, Web users can
     control robotic cameras in the Delta and United Centers' to
     choose their viewing options on NBA.com, according to Steve
     Fidel of the DESERET NEWS.  NBA.com has positioned eight
     "tiny cameras" just above and behind the bank of network TV
     cameras at the Delta Center, and will do the same at the
     United Center -- a set-up which the NBA refers to as
     NBA.cam.  Web users can click on NBA.cam to view the
     different camera shots, and Fidel wrote that the performance
     of the cameras depend on the number of Web users who are
     accessing the image.  If a camera is idle, a fan can control
     it directly, but if they are busy, the system "will return a
     picture another fan may have selected a few seconds to a few
     minutes earlier."  The NBA tested NBA.cam at the All-Star
     Game with two cameras (Steve Fidel, DESERET NEWS, 6/3).  The
     link for NBA.cam in located on NBA.com's main page. 
          WORLDWIDE EVENT: The NBA said that media credentials
     have been issued to 237 international journalists from 38
     countries for the NBA Finals.  When the Bulls won their
     first title in '91, there were 51 international credentials
     issued, representing 11 countries.  In Boston, Peter May:
     "Sounds like commissioner David Stern's globalization policy
     is working quite nicely" (Peter May, BOSTON GLOBE, 6/4).  
          
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