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How did the coronavirus change NBA teams’ odds?
NBA will soon restart its season. Between July 22 and 28, participating teams will take part in scrimmages in final preparation for the resumption on July 30.
22 teams will soon head off to Disney World, and 16 of them will make the playoffs.
What can we expect from this untypical season? How has the coronavirus crisis affected specific teams’ chances? Who will make it to the playoffs? Read more
No more betting sponsorship in English football?
Half of English Premier League clubs and 17 of 24 Championship clubs are currently sponsored by betting firms. However, betting sponsorship on shirts should soon be banned in line with a recommendation of a Select Committee in the House of Lords.
The committee’s recommendations state that: “There should be no gambling advertising in or near any sports grounds or sports venues, including sports programmes.” However, the restrictions “should not take effect for clubs below the Premier League before 2023. A similar flexibility should be allowed in the case of other sports”.
The gambling sector contributes £40m each season to the English Football League and its clubs. Read more
31 MLB players positive for COVID-19
While the NBA, MLS and WNBA are trying to restart their seasons in bubbles in Florida, the Major League of Baseball is the only American league attempting a resumption of play outside an enclosed area.
MLB will be dealing with numerous challenges related to the coronavirus crisis when attempting to restart its season. The league reported on Friday that 38 new positive tests came from 3,185 samples collected from players (31 positive cases) and staff members (7 positive cases). Read more
Esports market value set to reach US$6.8bn by 2027
According to a report from Grand View Research, global esports market is forecast to reach US$6.82bn by 2027.
Strong growth of long-term sponsorship and the advent of 5G internet are among the factors expected to boost the sector over most of the next decade. The factors behind the growth also include increasing popularity of video games, rising awareness of Esports, and growing mobile usage in emerging countries. Read more
Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians consider name changes
Washington Redskins, an American football team competing in the NFL, are reexamining their nickname which has been labelled as racist by numerous Native American groups.
MLB’s Cleveland Indians have announced that they are also conducting a review of their controversial franchise name. Read more
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