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I sat at Lloyd Noble Center with a couple of friends a few weeks ago.

It was Bedlam basketball, and my pal had a couple of extra tickets for the 8 p.m. start on a Monday night.

My friends and I all went to OU, so we enjoyed the game as the Sooners took an early lead. But being red-blooded Oklahomans, we all were also interested in the Oklahoma City Thunder game that was being played at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City that night.

The Thunder was playing the Atlanta Hawks — a certain victory, right?

Well, it wasn’t so easy for the Thunder, which my pals and I realized as we glanced at our smart phones to check the score up the road.

The Thunder trailed that game most of the night, but tied it up in the fourth quarter.

As the Bedlam game was early in the second half, we sat in the stands and checked for Thunder updates.

My buddy to the right of me was using the ESPN SportsCenter app. It’s a very good app. I use it myself often.

I used NewsOK.com, which featured the live coverage article for the Thunder game which pulled in updates from The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater as well as other journalists covering the game.

My buddy to the left of me used nothing. Let’s just say he’s not so reliant on technology.

The Thunder won after Kevin Durant hit another game-winning jumper in the final seconds.

Who do you think knew that information first?

The updates from Darnell and Anthony flowed right into the live article on NewsOK.

Who do you think I told first?

My pal to the left of me, of course.

Among our group, who do you think was the last to know?

My pal to the right of me. I eventually felt bad that he was still staring at his ESPN SportsCenter app waiting for it to show an update. I showed him my screen. He looked at it, nodded and returned his phone to his pocket.

Like I said, the ESPN app is very good. But I won’t turn to it when I want to know something about one of our local teams. NewsOK has my back for that.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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