UFC, golf and NASCAR attract record-high betting interest in the USA since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. More popular sports, like American football, are looking into their options to start (or restart) their seasons despite the crisis. Stay updated with STATSCORE‘s weekly review!
US bookmakers enjoy their busiest days since the mid-March
The previous weekend was the busiest one for American bettors and bookmakers since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
The most attractive sports included UFC, golf and NASCAR.
However, with the NBA, NHL, and MLB suspended the sportsbook handle remains much lower than usual. Read more
NBA to resume its season at Disney World?
Meanwhile, the NBA is having some brave ideas. The league has confirmed that it is holding talks with Walt Disney World in Orlando to restart the season there in late July!
“The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” said NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass in a press release. Read more
Will the NFL manage to start the 2019/2020 season?
Can you play American football while respecting social distancing measures? Will the NFL find a way to start the 2019/2020 season?
“Football and physical distancing are not compatible with each other, so we know we’ll have people in close proximity with each other. There are some unique challenges we face”, said Allen Sills, the NFL chief medical doctor. So are there any chances for the league to start as planned? Read more
Video games and esports gain huge popularity
COVID-19 lockdowns boost user engagement with video games and esports.
Revenues for numerous gaming companies and platforms around the world have been increasing significantly during the pandemic.
Esports is forecast to grow over $1 billion in 2020. Read more
Decision about Serie A resumption to be made on Thursday
When will Serie A come back? It will be decided on May 28, when Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora will meet FIGC president Gabriele Gravina and Serie A chief Paolo Dal Pino.
Italian top-flight teams were allowed to return to group training, but they still have to wait for the government’s decision about possible resumption.
The league has been suspended since March 9, and there are hopes it could resume in the mid-June. Read more
Will youth sports find it easier to resume than the pros?
While most experts discuss possible professional league comebacks, there are also discussions about minor and youth sports leagues.
Will it be easier for them to resume? Or maybe, with less money harder access to coronavirus tests, it will get more complicated than when it comes to the pros? In the US, a lot will depend on decisions made by specific states. Read more
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