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STATSCORE’s Betting Industry Review 11/05/2020

The sports are coming back, but they may never be the same again. In fact, many fans can’t imagine coming back to the venues to support their teams. What will be the future of sports and betting? Here’s STATSCORE‘s review!

Sport is back in South Korea. And Bundesliga restarts soon!

South Korea is one of the first countries in the world to restart its sporting competitions during the coronavirus pandemic.

First, the KBO, the highest level of baseball in South Korea had its delayed Opening Day on May 5.  The matches are held without fans and under strict restrictions.

KBO fixtures can be watched by American baseball fans too, thanks to the ESPN’s deal with the league. Read more

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Then, last Friday, K-League 1, the top tier of Korean football system kicked off. The opening match saw defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Suwon Bluewings Samsung at Jeonju World Cup Stadium. Read more

Many European leagues also plan to come back soon, including the German Bundesliga. Stay updated with our maps!

Americans to avoid attending sports events until there’s a vaccine

Unfortunately, even when sports do come back, they won’t look the same as they used to. There will be numerous restrictions for teams and players. Most visibly, games in major sports leagues will be held without fans.

And when it comes to American fans, most of them would be afraid to attend sporting events. According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, most Americans will avoid sporting events, concerts and movies until the vaccine is available. Read more

What does sports betting look like without sports?

How can sports betting go on without live sports? What are the bookmakers’, casinos’ and bettors’ reactions to the crisis?

How to protect your betting business from COVID-19? Replay STATSCORE’s webinar!

Table tennis, sports, Belarusian football league… The industry has spent weeks trying to figure out what to do now – and what could come next. Here’s an interesting piece from Sports Illustrated. Read more

Michael Jordan has had the biggest endorsement bargain in sports

While sports ale still on lockdown in the US, Michael Jordan has been back in the news, mainly thanks to ‘The Last Dance’ documentary series.

The series focuses on the Bulls’ 1997/98 season, discusses relationships among top players, and offers a deep look at what made this team one of the best in the history of the NBA.

Among the aspects discussed in the documentary is the position of MJ as a global endorsement phenomenon. In fact, His Airness has made over $1 billion from his deals with Nike. Read more

US wants sports back, Canada isn’t that eager. What about the NHL?

When talking about American sports, it is sometimes forgotten that some US major leagues include Canadian teams too.

Currently, one MLB team is based in Canada (Toronto Blue Jays), the MLS features three Canadian franchises (Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC), and the NBA has one team (Toronto Raptors).

The proportions change a bit when you look at the NHL, which currently boasts seven Canadian teams.

Why does it matter now? Because in the times of COVID-19 restarting the season may require the approval of both countries. And while Donald Trump says he wants the sports back ASAP, Canada isn’t that eager. Read more 

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