One platform has actually raised $10M to construct the next blockchain sports video game, while a number of other sports crypto platforms have actually fallen. Meanwhile, a brand-new Seton Hall study reveals that there’s a strong audience thinking about both sports and crypto – and the UFC has yet once again another crypto partner.
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The Sports Slice
New Survey Displays Strong Crossover Sports And Crypto Audience
A brand-new study from Seton Hall University reveals that a bulk of their surveyed “avid sports fans” – 57% to be precise – have actually bought NFTs eventually. Where did these fans wish to see NFTs used? Rewards. Fans reacted to the study that “upgrading a ticket at no additional cost” was a leading preferred perk to club NFT ownership.
Professor Charles Grantham, Director of the Center for Sport Management within Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business, sponsored the ~1,500 individual study and had this to state:
“The numbers would seem to indicate that NFTs represent fertile ground for leagues to enhance the fan experience… but, perhaps because teams and leagues don’t fully understand the nature and potential of NFTs and perks like a digital VIP card, that ground has yet to be sown effectively by major sports organizations in the United States.”
$10M Raised For A Sports Blockchain Game
California-based SuperTeam Games has actually raised a significant $10M to construct a sports blockchain-based computer game. Team members of SuperTeam Games took a seat in an interview throughout Consensus 2022 in Austin, explaining the environment as “untested,” filled with wonder about from standard players.
The UFC’s New ‘Official Layer 1 Blockchain Partner’
The UFC has actually been no complete stranger to crypto offers, and a brand-new one has actually entered into the fold today thanks to a brand-new international marketing collaboration with VeChain this previous week. In-arena brand name possessions for VeChain were rapidly on display screen for the other day’s UFC 275 occasion.
This year alone, we’ve seen the league partner with Dapper Labs, and disperse some fighter perks by means of crypto.
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VeChain (VETERINARIAN) is the current of a growing list of crypto and blockchain partners for the UFC. | Source: VET-USD on TradingView.com
Rugs Get Exposed
FootballStars.io had when onboarded soccer stars like Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young, and Mateo Kovacic – amongst numerous others – to promote their platform. Now, the platform is apparently all however dust, and the token cost has actually gone a comparable path too. Sports outlet The Athletic covered a dive on the rugged job.
Meanwhile, infamous carpet spotter ZachXBT provided a perspective on Players Only, an NFT job with NBA co-signers that consisted of the similarity Dennis Smith Jr., Jerami Grant, Terrence Ross, and others. Athletes, with the exception of Michael Carter-Williams, are no place to be discovered in the job’s Discord, which is now closing down. Since Zach’s preliminary post, some professional athletes had actually even reimbursed users. Kudos to Zach’s efforts exposing tasks that stop working to provide on pledges.
IMG’s Henchman: Blockchain And Crypto Sponsorship Is “Here To Stay”
Robbie Henchman, EVP of tactical collaborations with sponsorship powerhouse IMG, took a seat in an interview to talk this previous week over a plethora of subjects – and among those being the development of the “flavor of the month” sponsorship classification, blockchain / crypto / Web3. Sponsorship invest has actually been enormous in the sector recently, showed by a current sponsorship report detailing the NBA’s sponsorship breakout, which saw crypto and blockchain companies increasing from mid-40s to number 2 in leading sponsorship invest from the previous season to this year.
While it was Henchman himself who explained the classification as being that ‘new flavor’ with all the attention, he likewise stated that the sponsorship classification isn’t going anywhere. About these big-spending inbound gamers, he included:
“They obviously need a lot of noise and exposure at the moment in terms of what they’re putting out to the market… They’re paying either market value, or they’re competing at such an aggressive level that it’s difficult for traditional partners to perhaps keep up.”
Topps Rolls Out Scottish Professional Football League NFTs
Another week, another “first ever” sports league presenting NFTs; today, it’s Topps and the Scottish Professional Football League honoring SPFL champs Celtic. Topps will present NFTs from the leading department of the SPFL, the Premiership, including 12 clubs in the league.
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