BetMGM Named Inks Sports Betting Deal With Tennessee Titans

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BetMGM became part of Tennessee Sport Betting history on Monday when it scored the first ever gambling partnership with a Tennessee professional sports team in the NFL’s Titans.

BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings were the three sports betting operators who were given a conditional license by the Tennessee Education Lottery Board’s Sports Wagering Committee last September 23. The three gambling companies are slated to launch their online betting platforms on November 1st, pending the approval from the Tennessee Education Lottery Company.

Gil Beverly, Titans Sr. Vice President, Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer, said in a press release:

“We are thrilled to bring BetMGM to the state of Tennessee. BetMGM will deliver new experiences and levels of engagement to our fans and we’re excited to welcome them in as an official partner.”

Official Partner

As official partner, BetMGM receive brand visibility across the Titans’ different digital platforms. The BetMGM logo will appear in crucial parts of the live game including field goal attempts and video board replays.

BetMGM will also be the sponsor of a forthcoming raffle which will benefit the Titans Foundation. The betting company will likewise become the exclusive naming rights partner of the Titans’ Saint Thomas Sports Park television studio and Titans’ content shown throughout Tennessee.

The joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings first launched its sportsbook in New Jersey in July 2018. Also known for its online casino and poker services, the BetMGM app is now available for download in seven U.S. states.

Online Tennessee Sports Betting

Although brick and mortar casinos are still prohibited in the state, online Tennessee sports betting became legal on July 1, 2019 and it became such without the signature of Gov. Bill Lee who at that time did not believe that legalizing sports betting would be of the state’s best interest.

Tennessee sports betting is regulated by the state lottery officials who approved the rules last April and started reviewing applications for operators last June. The Tennessee Lottery board continues to review applications for additional sports betting operators, vendors, and suppliers. There is no limit as to the number of licenses the board can issue but they must meet specific requirements.

The law allows sports betting in Tennessee only via the internet, mobile devices, and telecommunications platforms. Bettors must at least be 21 years of age and they must be physically present within the state borders when their bets are placed.

Philadelphia Eagles Announce Sponsorship Deal With FOX Bet


Tuesday saw another professional sports team in the U.S. sign a deal with a gambling company as the Philadelphia Eagles signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with FOX Bet. The deal was announced on Tuesday via the Eagles website.

Said Fox Bet CMO Andrew Schneider:

“FOX Bet enhances the fan experience in a big way, and this is a fanbase that knows and appreciates big things. They’re passionate, tough and willing to do whatever it takes to win. To connect our offering to this one-of-a-kind fanbase is a game-changer. Eagles fans are going to love this, and we’re honored to have this association with a team that is primed for a successful 2020 season.”

Sponsorship Agreement

The sponsorship agreement involves broadcast, digital, and social media advertising on all team channels, custom promotions, and a strong branding presence during Eagles’ games. The deal also includes messaging on the stadium’s LED and end zone boards. FOX Bet signages will also be placed on the concourse levels

FOX Bet will also serve as the presenting sponsor of Eagles Edge, which is a new program that airs on the team’s digital channels after each of their games. Filmed on game days when the Eagles are playing at Lincoln Financial Field, this series will be broadcast via the Eagles Official YouTube Channel, Eagles Official Mobile App, PhiladelphiaEagles.com, Eagles social media channels, and the team’s other digital channels.

Premium Lounge and Interactive Studio

The Eagles also revealed that it includes the construction of a FOX Bet-branded premium lounge and interactive studio at Lincoln Financial Field. The lounge will feature exclusive content across all platforms and will be presented by Eagles on-air personalities, Eagles Legends, and FOX Bet contributors.

Once fans will be be allowed to watch the games, the lounge will be open to ticketed guests on game day. The 4,000 square-foot studio can accommodate up to 380 persons. Guests will enjoy all-inclusive food and beverage options. They will also be entitled to behind-the-scenes premium access, prime locations to watch player arrivals, and live post-game press conference. Fans can access the studio two and a half hours before kickoff and one hour after post-game.

Betting-related deals in the NFL

The Eagles are the second professional sports team to sign a sponsorship deal with FOX Bet. Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers also entered into a multi-year sponsorship contract with FOX Bet.FOX Bet is a mobile casino that was formed from the partnership between The Stars Group and Fox Sports.

Since the NFL cleared its clubs to sign betting-related deals last spring, some NFL teams have been busy making deals. The Denver Broncos have signed pacts with BetMGM, Betfred, and FanDuel. The Detroit Lions also have a deal with BetMGM. Likewise, the NFL has inked betting partnership contracts with BetCris, 888Holdings, and SkyBet.

Virgnia’s “Sports Bettor Bill of Rights” Draws Flak From Major Operators

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The public comment period on the proposed rules and regulations of sports betting in Virginia ended last Wednesday and some of the initial policies have received opposition from major gambling operators.

During the review process, major platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel have taken issue with some of the consumer protection rules that officials are proposing. One particular regulation that has received negative feedback is the one that requires the betting platforms to provide players with information that can help them make “informed decisions about their gambling”. These information include how the odds were calculated, odds of winning a bet, and the handle and payout amounts.

Other Issues That Drew Negative Reactions

According to the gambling operators, no other sports betting state in the United States has imposed a similar requirement. FanDuel in particular, noted that it recently offered 24 different bets on an NBA playoff game and that had nearly 300 potential outcomes and even more possible parlay wagers. Presenting the required information under Virginia’s proposed Sports Bettors Bill of Rights in real time will cause logistical problems on both processing power and screen space.

Other issues that drew negative reactions include the process of allowing players voluntarily ban themselves from sports betting for two years, five years, or for life if they feel they are losing too much money or if they feel they are getting addicted to gambling. The regulations also requires gambling operators to submit all marketing and advertising materials to the Lottery for pre-approval. The advertising rules also prohibit them from targeting minors and ads that violate “good taste” are disallowed.

Additionally, there is a proposed rule that bans betting on the Olympics, something which was not included in the legislation of the General Assembly. For this issue, the operators argued that excluding some sports evets would defeat the purpose of the legislation. Several companies also requested for a more lenient advertising policy where they won’t need a formal sign-off in advance.

Laying The Foundation of Virginia Sports Betting

The public review is being conducted by the Lottery to lay the foundation of the sports betting rules in Virginia. The outcome of the review will determine how quickly or not sports betting will launch in the state and what the bettors expect to see in the betting apps when they are officially launched. If all goes well, sports betting is expected to start next year in Virginia.

This year, the General Assembly passed a legislation authorizing the Virginia Lottery to hand out between four to 12 sports betting licenses in the state. Sports betting in Virginia will start online, largely via sports betting apps. However, it could eventually expand to the brick and mortar casinos being planned in different cities and the Colonial Downs operated Rosie’s gambling places.

The Virginia Lottery Board is expected to meet on Tuesday to vote on the new rules on sports betting. Once the rules and regulations are in place, the Lottery will begin accepting applications for sports betting licenses next month. Sports betting is expected to bring in an annual $55M in state tax revenues.

William Hill and CBS Rollout New Fantasy Football Offerings

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William Hill US and CBS Sports announced on Wednesday that they are rolling out new product offerings to kick off their partnership ahead of the fantasy football season in the US.
The fantasy football season follows the schedule of the current NFL Season which begins on Friday, September 10, 2020 and ends on January 3, 2021.

In a statement released on Wednesday, William Hill President of Digital Ken Fuchs said:

“Our partnership is a first-of-its-kind, creating an experience geared to the sports fan and fantasy player that showcases William Hill content and products across the CBS Sports Digital landscape. We’re ready for fantasy football season to begin and can’t wait to introduce fans to the future of sports betting while taking their game to the next level.”

Educating Sports Fans

The rollout includes a new parlay free-to-play game as well as extensive odds and data coverage across all CBS platforms. Product integration also involves fantasy game enhancements, interactive betting markets within scoreboards, and extensive betting content. It also gives sports bettors access to educational tools such as prop and bet calculators.

According to William Hill, most of the offerings are intended to educate sports fans on how to make picks for fun, understand the sports betting market, and go directly to William Hill’s products to complete their betting transactions seamlessly in states where it is live.

Currently, William Hill US is available in 11 states where sports betting has been legalized plusThe Bahamas and the District of Columbia. Its mobile offerings are available in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

Exclusive Sportsbook and Wagering Data Provider

Last February, William Hill took a huge step in its US expansion when it announced that it had forged a strategic partnership that would make it the exclusive sportsbook and wagering data partner of CBS Sports across all platforms, including CBS Sports Fantasy which is one of the largest fantasy platforms in the world.

Under the agreement, CBS Sports will utilize William Hill’s odds, experts, and more than 140 sportsbooks to solidify its digital presence. In return, William Hill will receive exclusive rights to promote its brand across all CBS Sports’ range of digital properties, including CBS Sports Fantasy.The deal kicked off with the initial integrations last March and with the start of the NFL season, the full rollout is now live.

The new betting experiences are currently rolled out across all CBS platforms including CBSSports.com, CBS Sports Fantasy, SportsLine, CBS Sports HQ, and CBS Sports Fantasy Mobile Apps.

Detroit Lions Name BetMGM as Their Official Sports Betting Partner

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The Detroit Lions announced on Thursday that they have entered into a sports betting partnership with MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. The join venture will make BetMGM as the Lions’ first and official sports betting partner and it comes just in time for the start of the 2020 NFL season later this month.

The agreement will make BetMGM as the official sponsor of Lions Bingo and Lions Perks. It also includes other “fan-focused assets” such as team broadcast programming, digital marketing assets, and in-stadium promotions and signages.

Said Detroit Lions President Rod Wood in a statement:

“The Detroit Lions historic relationship with BetMGM has been years in the making and we’re proud to announce details of our official partnership. We’re continuously seeking new ways to entertain and involve our fans which is especially important during such unusual times; this partnership with BetMGM will provide additional and exciting opportunities to engage our fans.”

Lions Bingo and Lions Perks

Lions Bingo is a free to play game which was introduced in 2019. The game, which is available via the team’s mobile app, is a bingo game where fans can guess what plays happen next or which stats the team can achieve during games for a chance to win non-cash prizes. With BetMGM as partner, Lions Bingo players now have a chance to take home cash prizes or all-expense paid trips to MGM Resorts properties across the country.

Lions Perks was introduced during the 2018 NFL season and it is the team’s rewards system for fans at their home games. Available also via the Detroit Lions’ app, Lions Perks cards can be scanned during in-stadium purchases to earn points and join sweepstakes. Points can either be redeemed for rewards or donated to the Lions’ charities.

Long Standing Partnership

While sports betting was passed into a Michigan law only in late 2019. BetMGM and the Detroit Lions have a long standing partnership that isn’t betting related. MGM Resorts’ MGM Grand is one of the three commercial casinos in Detroit and it has been the sponsor of the MGM Grand Detroit Tunnel Club at Ford Field, the home of the Lions.

BetMGM started operating a sports betting lounge at the MGM Grand Detroit on March 12. Three months later, BetMGM also entered into a similar sports betting pact with the Denver Broncos. Michigan and Colorado both entered the sports betting arena earlier this year.

BetMGM to Launch “Betting Across America” Show in Collaboration with VSiN

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BetMGM announced a partnership with the Las Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) for a daily sports betting show starting next month. The show entitled “Betting Across America” will use the latest sports betting data and and analytics to provide expert betting commentary and insights from some of the most credible experts in the business.

Said BetMGM chief marketing officer Matt Prevost:

“VSiN has been a great media partner for BetMGM and we look forward to continuing to work with the VSiN team to produce engaging sports betting related content. By giving VSiN unprecedented access to BetMGM Sportsbooks, there will be no shortage of interesting story lines and excellent opportunities for betting enthusiasts and sports fans to get an inside peek.”

BetMGM recently got a $1B boost from the IAC earlier this month. The influx of new money is expected to help BetMGM increase its presence in the U.S. sports betting industry market and this TV deal with VSiN is seen as one of the first steps to achieving that.

Betting Across America

“Betting Across America” will be broadcast by VSiN will be broadcast live from the BetMGM studios in large sports betting markets across the country. Pending approval, it will air on weekdays from 3-5 pm ET/ 12noon-2pm PT starting August 31 and weekdays from 1-3 PM ET/10am-12noon PT beginning September 5th.

The show will feature BetMGM’s oddsmakers and experts who will be joined by VSiN’s top hosts including former NFL player and Las Vegas personality Mike Pritchard. Former NBC The Daily Line host Tim Murray and famed sports bettor James Salinas will also be among the VSiN personalities who will appear on the new show.

Aside from VSiN.com, sports fans and bettors can watch Betting Across America and VSiN’s other sports betting programs via Sirius XM, Comcast Xfinity, Sling TV, fubo TV, and RSN’s across the U.S. and Canada.

Sports Betting Going Mainstream

Since its legalization in the United States in 2018, Sport Betting has come a long way. Aside from new states following the lead of those before them, the sports betting industry has taken a major leap in 2020 and is going mainstream.

We have seen TV and sports betting provider relationships established recently. In January, Penn National Gaming finalized its purchase of Barstool Sports. CBS and William Hill formally announced their partnership in February.

Earlier this week, ESPN announced the opening of its Las Vegas Studio at the LINQ, where it will produce sports betting content in cooperation with Caesars Entertainment. Aside from moving its “Daily Line” show there, the collaboration is expected to come up with a new sports betting digital show this fall.

DraftKings Falls 10% After Reporting Larger Than Expected Losses

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Sports betting company DraftKings fell by as much as 10% during Friday’s trading after it reported a larger-than-expected loss for the second quarter of 2020 and even after its revenues exceeded expectations.

Effect of COVID-19 Shutdown

The Boston-based gambling company posted a loss of $164.1M for the second quarter, or 55 cents per share which is steeper than the $28.11M loss, or 15 cents per share, which it reported for the same period last tear. Analysts polled by Dow Jones pegged the expected loss to be at 20 cents per share.

DraftKings’ losses emerged as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring havoc to sports. Professional and collegiate league schedules have been derailed and games have been suspended as athletes and fans have been forced to stay at home.

Most sporting events were suspended in mid-March, meaning the top professional sports leagues like the NBA, MLB, and NHL were forced into a hiatus during the second quarter of 2020. Recently, NCAA college leagues like the Big 10 and Pac 12 have also announced the cancellation of their respective seasons due to concerns about the coronavirus.

New Offerings

The NBA, MLB, and NHL have since returned and DraftKings says it has seen a revenue boost. But aside from that, the company said that it is focused to deliver new and innovative offerings that will lead to healthier financial figures as sports continues to gradually resume. Said CEO and co-founder Jason Robins:

“In the second quarter, while several major sports leagues including the NBA, MLB and the NHL remained on hiatus due to COVID-19, the Company worked creatively to engage fans with new fantasy sports and betting products for NASCAR, golf, UFC, and European soccer.”

DraftKings also announced its full 2020 outlook, revealing that it expects a pro forma revenue of $500M to $540M, which is an equivalent of 22% to 37% growth for the second half of the year. In its report, the company reported $1.2B in cash and no debt on its second quarter balance sheet.

DraftKings went public last April after it combined with special purpose acquisitions company Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. and gaming technology provider SBTech. The move allowed DraftKings to circumvent the typical processes for initial public offerings.

ESPN and Sportsbooks Tune in to Korea Baseball Organization

Following the announcement of a new media partnership between ESPN and the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), sports fans, oddsmakers, and sportsbooks around the world are shifting their focus to providing odds for South Korea’s international baseball league.

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ESPN finalized a deal with Eclat Media Group to broadcast KBO games live throughout the regular season, postseason, and Korea Series. Starting on May 4, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST, the KBO season will air live on ESPN. The sports network’s first matchup features the NC Dinos visiting the Samsung Lions on opening night at their home park in Daegu, South Korea.

Un-Chan Chung, the Commissioner of the KBO, shared the following statement about the new partnership with ESPN.

“The KBO League is one of the greatest baseball leagues with world-class players and many exciting initiatives. During this unprecedented and difficult time, I hope the KBO League can bring consolation to the communities and provide guidelines to the world of sports. I am pleased that the KBO League can be introduced globally and hope this can be an opportunity for the development of our league and the sport.”

Check out the KBO’s opening day schedule below.

KBO Opening Day Schedule

  • Kiwoom Heroes @ Kia Tigers
    • Park
      • Gwangju-Kia Champions Field
    • Location
      • Gwangju, South Korea
  • Lotte Giants @ KT Wiz Suwon
    • Park
      • Suwon Baseball Stadium
    • Location
      • Suwon-si, South Korea
  • Doosan Bears @ LG Twins
    • Park
      • Jamsil Baseball Stadium
    • Location
      • Seoul, South Korea
  • NC Dinos @ Samsung Lions
    • Park
      • Daegu Samsung Lions Park
    • Location
      • Daegu, South Korea
  • Hanwa Eagles @ SK Wyverns
    • Park
      • Munhak Baseball Stadium
    • Location
      • Incheon, South Korea

KBO Games Air Live on ESPN This Week

ESPN plans to televise six KBO games live each week. Each game airing live on ESPN during the KBO’s opening week will also be rebroadcast two times after it initially airs. See the full schedule below for rebroadcast times.

KBO Games ESPN Schedule

Opening Odds on KBO’s 2020 Korea Series Winner

Although sportsbooks and casinos are currently closed in Las Vegas, some companies have continued booking action on international sporting events via their proprietary mobile apps. Circa Sports released odds on each team winning the Korea Series (a best-of-seven championship taking place in mid-November).

Below are the odds offered in Las Vegas, NV, on which team will win the 2020 Korean Series. Please note that odds may have changed since this post was first published.

2020 Korean Series Odds

Odds via Circa Sports Mobile Betting App

  • Doosan Bears
    • +260
  • Kiwoom Heroes
    • +260
  • SK Wyverns
    • +550
  • NC Dinos
    • +550
  • Kia Tigers
    • +800
  • LG Twins
    • +1000
  • KT Wiz
    • +1500
  • Samsung Lions
    • +2000
  • Lotte Giants
    • +2000
  • Hanwha Eagles
    • +3500

The KBO regular season consists of 144 games, so baseball fans and sports bettors alike will have plenty of time to get acquainted with the players from each of the league’s 10 teams.

Let us know which team you think will take home the championship in the comments section below. More importantly: Who has the coolest mascot? In my opinion, the season doesn’t officially begin until the first staged mascot fight.

UFC 249 Fighters Will Be Tested for Covid-19 Before Event

On Saturday, May 9th, the UFC will become the first major sports league in the US to resume its operations. MMA fans around the world are excited, yet many still have questions about the safety of everyone involved in this event. Fortunately, news has surfaced that all UFC 249 fighters will be tested for Covid-19 prior to stepping in the cage.

UFC 249 Poster

More details of this event continue to come out. It should be one of the most-watched mixed martial arts events of all time. Today, we’re going to look at how the UFC is ensuring that all the fighters competing will stay safe.

Let’s get into it!

The UFC’s Upcoming Event is Given the Green Light to Take Place

We’re now less than a week away from UFC 249 taking place. For the past few weeks, fans have held their breath, hoping this event would be approved to take place. It’s scheduled to take place in Florida where sports were recently deemed essential.

Fortunately, it appears the UFC has been given the green light to host this event by all necessary parties. Dana White claims Florida’s sports commission and Governor have approved UFC 249. He also claims ESPN is ready to broadcast the show.

It seems very unlikely that this event will be postponed like the event back in April was. Officials within the UFC have worked hard to ensure they abide by state and federal laws. UFC 249 fighters are likely to travel to Florida in the next day or two to prepare for their bouts.

This won’t be the only major MMA event to take place this month. Dana White claims that multiple events will be held over the next two weeks. After that, the company will get back to its normal schedule.

It’s a good time to be an MMA fan. Several major fight cards are scheduled to take place over the next few weeks. The UFC’s “Fight Island” is expected to be up and running soon, as well.

Recently, news broke that the UFC plans to test all of its fighters for the new coronavirus.

All UFC 249 Fighters Are Going to be Tested for Covid-19

Holding a major sporting event right now was always going to generate controversy. Many have condemned the UFC’s decision to resume operations, claiming it puts many at unnecessary risk. Officials within the UFC have countered that argument, claiming they will ensure that the event is held in as safe a way as possible.

Several journalists have asked Dana White whether or not the fighters competing will be tested for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus spreading around the country. For weeks, Dana White refused to answer this question. We’ve finally gotten an answer today.

A new report by ESPN confirms that all UFC 249 fighters will be tested for Covid-19. Brian Hughes, chief administrative officer of Jacksonville, discussed some of the UFC’s safety measures with the media recently.

“Part of what gave us comfort was a plan they (UFC) outlined related to testing those they’re bringing to Jacksonville related to COVID-19,” Hughes said. “Based on what we’ve been briefed, it is clear that they’re going to test for COVID and they’ll have a couple of different segments of testing throughout the week.”

This is what everyone wanted to hear. It’s great to see live sports back up and running, but not if it compromises the athletes. Based on what’s being said, this event will be held as safely as possible.

We’re now beginning to hear about the other major fights scheduled to take place this week.

Here’s Who’s Fighting Later This Month

The event scheduled to take place on Saturday is one of the biggest in UFC history. Every single fight on the card has fans interested. Recently, UFC officials started to reveal some of the other fighters scheduled to headline events this month.

On Wednesday, May 13th, light-heavyweight contenders Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira will look to take on step closer to the title. In the co-main event of this card, Ben Rothwell will welcome Ovince St. Preux to the heavyweight division. There are several important undercard bouts scheduled to take place, as well.

Another fight card will take place on May 16th. Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris are headlining this show. In the co-main event, Claudia Gadelha will try to halt the momentum of Angela Hill. Dana White also claimed that Tyron Woodley may headline a show on May 23rd.

UFC 249 fighters are set to be tested for Covid-19. It’s safe to assume that all the other fighters competing this month will receive these tests, as well. It’s clear that the UFC is doing everything it can to protect the athletes and staff working at this event.

The next few fight cards will be held in Jacksonville, Florida. In time, fight cards may be held at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, no one expects any major combat sporting events to be held inside a Las Vegas casino anytime soon.

What UFC 249 fighters are you most excited to watch? Do you think it’s smart for the promotion to host events right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Should a Fan-less NBA Season Resume, Las Vegas Event Could Serve as the Example

Basketball Player Shooting a Basket in GymWhile the NBA season is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league has been in talks of possibly resuming the season in Las Vegas, minus the packed arenas.

Should the NBA find the way to go through with it, an annually held Las Vegas fan-less event could serve as the blueprint.

The event? The NBA’s annual G League Winter Showcase held December 2018 and December 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The event, which serves as a scouting showcase for league executives, holds various games daily over a four-day period without fans present.

The G League Winter Showcase, which displays the talents of dozens of hopeful players, is held a month prior to January’s 10-day signing period.

These games were closed off to the public and only kept open for team and league staff members, agents, media personnel, and close family and friends of the players.

A Seemingly ‘Seamless’ System

While players typically get revved up from the energy of live crowds, players at the G League Winter Showcase had to look inward to pep up their own performance.

But while it was a challenge at first, players said that after the first couple of possessions, the games started to feel like normal games.

Aaron Magner, who works with Eventuris, a company that provides staffing for the G League Showcase, the games, although different, didn’t feel awkward. Magner said that’s because the games were produced so well, especially for it being such a unique playing experience.

The setup went like this: Four courts were built inside of Mandalay Bay’s Convention Center divided by a partition to allow play on either side to allow games to go on simultaneously.

League members, media staff, and close friends and family were even given assigned seating along the sideline, or on the risers along the baseline, both seating arrangements on the opposite side of players’ benches.

Music was played during timeouts or long stoppages during play, but outside of that, the only noises throughout the games were organic basketball sounds, like dribbling, players communicating to one another during the game, or shoes squeaking on the court.

NBA Season Suspended in March

When Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, it caused the NBA season to come to a screeching halt on March 11.

Initially, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league would be on a 30-day hiatus at the time he announced the shutdown, but it’s gone on longer than that and it’s still uncertain if it will be able to return in 2020.

The NBA was the first major professional sports’ league that suspended its season and ushered in the remaining leagues to suspend their seasons too, including NHL and MLB.

Sports’ suspensions came at an interesting time outside of the coronavirus outbreak, as many more states were just expanding their legalized options for sports betting.

League ‘Not in a Position to Make Any Decisions’

According to a comment Silver made during the NBA Board of Governors meeting held April 17, the league isn’t in any position to make any decisions at the present time, and there’s no telling when they will be.

When it comes to “bubble-like concepts,” like holding NBA games without fans present, Silver says the league isn’t seriously engaged to that particular kind of environment, given the fluidity and uncertainty of the outbreak’s nature.

The league is prioritizing human life over anything else, and that’s where the conversation began and ended during the board meeting.

Fanless Sports; Viable Solution in Bringing Resuming Sports

According to the testimony of some players at the G League Winter Showcase, a fan-less event setup would be a good solution in slowly reintroducing sports amid this pandemic. No fans? No issue.

The transition would be a seamless one because the schedule could work efficiently.

The games would start as scheduled, and players would leave the facility promptly once their games finish up. The absence of fans means the avoidance of unnecessary contact with more people than what’s required to get these games played and filmed.

Important April NBA Updates

April 17: According to sources close to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA and NBPA are working on closing a plan that will withhold 25 percent of every player’s paycheck in the league, starting May 15.

April 14: The Chinese Basketball Association is reportedly looking to postpone their calendar again until July. The association has been on hold since January 24.

April 13: Potential protocols that would get players ready for games are being discussed by league executive and team medical staff. A proposed plan under the new protocols would possibly include a 25-day program that players would undergo before they’re allowed game-play.

April 10: NBA teams come together in a play to encourage the league’s office to push the NBA draft date back from June 25 to no sooner than Aug. 1.

April 9: While no games have been played for a month at this point, NBA players receive their full check. For most players, that pay date was April 15.

April 6: For weeks, NBA and NBPA officials have been collaborating in checking the accuracy of multiple blood-testing devices for COVID-19 that would allow the league to track the virus in players. This is being considered the first step is allowing play to resume.

April 6: NBA lets teams know that organizations will not be allowed to conduct in-person workouts or interviews with draft-eligible players until further notice. Teams are, however, allowed to hold virtual interviews with draft prospects, but lasting no longer than four hours for any single player.

April 1: 15 days after Brooklyn Nets announced that four of their players had tested positive for coronavirus, the team’s general manager, Sean Marks, announced that the team’s roster is now completely free from COVID-19-related symptoms.

Stay Tuned

We’re sure most of the world is missing professional basketball during this time of quarantine, but we’re not sure what the league will do next when it comes to coming up with a possible solution to resume play.

Whether that be holding games in a fan-less facility and location like Las Vegas, or waiting until the storm of the outbreak completely blows over, we will just have to wait on the official word from the league.

Weigh-in: Do you think fan-less sports be the best solution for bringing back sports, slowly but surely? Let us know what you think about the idea in the comments below!