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Is Crypto Sports Betting Ready for the Big Leagues?

Sports bettors eagerly await a blockchain-powered sports betting service with audited smart contracts, user-friendly policies, low commissions and fees – and meaningful volume...

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For the Fans: How DAOs Could Change Sports

Experiments with decentralized autonomous organizations promise greater fan participation in sports teams. Is this the future? This piece is part of CoinDesk's Sports Week.

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Two Soccer Teams Transfer a South American Player Using USDC, But There’s Collateral Damage

The news was hailed as a historic event for South American football, but it could bring unexpected consequences for Argentinian club Banfield, amid local FX restrictions. This...

Giuliano Galoppo, middle, playing for Banfield. (Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)
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10 Crypto Sports All-Stars

For each Crypto All-Star, we tried to calculate what you would have gained – or lost – if you invested $1,000 in the All-Star's chosen project at the time of his or her announ...

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Why Athletes Are Taking Compensation in Bitcoin

From UFC to soccer, sportspeople continue to see the attraction of BTC, despite the faltering market. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Sports Week.

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Introducing CoinDesk's Sports Week

How athletes, teams and leagues are getting into the game.

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Micah Johnson: From MLB to NFT Superstar

Once of the LA Dodgers, Micah Johnson has built an entire universe with his character Aku, a young boy wearing an astronaut’s helmet. Trevor Noah, Pusha T and Tyra Banks are f...

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‘My Bet Is on Bitcoin,’ Pro Soccer Player Says

Alex Crognale of the Birmingham Legion FC of the USL Championship league sees the digital asset as a way to store his wealth. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Sports Week.

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Building a Sports DAO: 4 Lessons From LinksDAO

The project shows the speed and scale of Web3 technologies and applications, and the power of people organizing behind common goals.

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How the Golden State Warriors Gamified Fandom With NFTs

Silicon Valley's NBA team tokenized its performance on the courts. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Sports Week.

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DeShone Kizer: From NFL Star to NFT Trailblazer

He sacrificed a pro football career at 25 to go all-in on digital collectibles and NFTs of real-world objects. “It was very ambitious and kind of crazy,” he says. This piece i...

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Women’s Sports Leagues and Crypto: An Overlooked Investment Opportunity?

Fans of these leagues have a relatively high knowledge of cryptocurrencies, yet fewer crypto companies invest in female athletes and teams. This feature is part of CoinDesk's...

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Sorare 101: How to Get Started With Sorare NFTs

Sorare is an NFT-based competitive fantasy game filled with the world’s best soccer leagues and Major League Baseball stars.

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Autograph 101: What Are Autograph NFTs?

Launched in August 2021 and cofounded by NFL legend Tom Brady, Autograph is an NFT platform allowing users to purchase digital assets signed by some of the greatest athletes.

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How a UFC Heavyweight Champion Became a Crypto Trailblazer

Francis Ngannou and his manager, Marquel Martin, discuss the athlete's journey from Cameroon to the UFC, and now, to crypto. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Sports Week.

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NFL All Day 101: How to Buy, Sell and Trade NFL NFTs

NFL All Day is a digital collectible marketplace that lets football fans collect video highlights in the form of NFTs and connect with other like-minded fans from around the w...

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Crypto Is Coming to Esports: The Games and Economics of Tomorrow

Gaming and crypto have long shared a similar trajectory. Long may that continue, says the futurist Daniel Jeffries. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Sports Week.

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NBA Top Shot 101

The NFT marketplace allows you to buy and sell original NBA digital content.

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Sports NFTs: How to Get in the Game

Non-fungible tokens have become a hot new revenue stream for sports leagues and their millions of fans.

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Ice Cube's Basketball League Is Taking on New 'Owners' With NFTs

VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk and rapper, actor & BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube joined CoinDesk's "First Mover" to discuss decentralized sports team ownership via NFTs.

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The NBA’s Web 3 Innovation Dilemma

The pro basketball league led the way with NBA Top Shot. But is it ready for the bigger implications of Web 3 for fan engagement and ownership?

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Crypto.com and FTX Bet Big on Stadium Naming Rights Before the Crypto Crash. What Happens if They Can’t Afford to Pay?

The glamour of a stadium naming deal can turn sour - just ask Enron. Here’s how a deal might unwind if things go bad.

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Why We Need NFT Ticketing for Sports Events

Verifiable tickets powered by blockchain tech can stamp out fraud and add value for fans. Major sporting events are now considering their adoption, says one startup in the spa...

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Building a Sports DAO: 4 Lessons From LinksDAO

The project shows the speed and scale of Web3 technologies and applications, and the power of people organizing behind common goals.

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Why NBA Athletes Are Turning to Web3 to Build Generational Wealth

NFTs and the metaverse may provide a source of income long after players hang up their high tops, says Marcus Bläsche, CEO of Rumble Kong League. This op-ed is part of CoinDes...

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How Sports Leagues Can Use Crypto to Engage Fans

Crypto, like sports, can be fun, says Jonathan Manzi, the founder of Beyond Protocol. This op-ed is part of CoinDesk's Sports Week.

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady celebrates winning the Super Bowl in 2021. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Tribalism, Meritocracy, Money: What Sports and Crypto Fans Have in Common

Both groups love underdogs, too, Columbia Business School professor Omid Malekan writes for CoinDesk's Sports Week.

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Regulators Should Ban Crypto Advertising in Sports

Just because someone can hit a home run or throw a touchdown pass, he shouldn’t be allowed to give financial advice.

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Sports Picked up the Web3 Ball. Now Let Everyone Run With It

Blockchain technology can manage the likeness rights of amateur athletes. This op-ed by Heirloom's Joseph Bradley.

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Why Sports and Crypto Getting Together Is a Win-Win

As those in crypto look to get the masses on board through sports advertising, teams could benefit from those associations with younger fans. This article is part of "Sports W...

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The Metaverse Is Struggling to Hold Onto Users. Sports Could Fix That

Sports may offer the next great opportunity for the metaverse to create a deeper relationship with audiences.

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