The COVID-19 epidemic has left most public events, including music and sports events, in the world … unorganized. However, when the epidemic cooled down in many countries, daily life in normal conditions was returning. In Japan, the Nippon Professional Baseball League has officially kicked off.
However, not many stadiums allow spectators to watch live matches until at least July 10, so the teams have replaced different icons in the stands. For SoftBank Hawks, owned by Japanese tech giant SoftBank, Pepper robots seem to be quite an interesting choice. The robots wear team shirts and look like supportive fans.
At the same time, fans of Rakuten Eagles, the rival team, watch the game on the big screen but still maintain social distance.
This robot is also used for a variety of purposes to combat COVID-19 in Japan, including working at hotels where COVID-19 patients are staying.
Although not attending the match, fans can leave cheerleading messages on the rows.
Baseball is the 2nd richest sport in the world. However, during the Covid-19 season, there are baseball players who have to complain about the risk of starvation before being affected by the disease.
According to the statistics of Rulesofsport, in the 10 richest sports in the world, baseball is ranked at No. 2 and is also expected to rise to No. 1 in the future. Statistics show that the average salary of baseball village up to 3.82 million USD / year. For comparison, the average salary in the Premier League is only $ 1.6 million / year. The only sport richer than baseball is basketball, with an average annual salary of $ 4.9 million. Texas Rodriguez’s Alex Rodriguez earned $ 33 million in 2019. Meanwhile, the brand value of the New York Yankees baseball team amounted to $ 4.6 billion. However, going into the baseball village to see the prosperity in the newspaper is not for all. Somewhere in the American baseball village, many players are joking that they can “starve to death before the disease”. It is a harsh fact that without Covid-19, very few people know this truth.
The wealth of the American baseball village only focuses on the big players playing at the MLB (the highest baseball league in the US). However, in lower leagues, such as MiLB, for example, there are players who are struggling with an allowance of only … 10 USD / day in the time of non-competition And when the stadium lights, their salary is only between 1,200 USD – 2,400 USD / month, lower than the average income of Americans. John O’Reilly of the Rutgers baseball team is an example. After the MiLB was closed, O’Reilly was not economically strong enough to stay in the city. He had to carry luggage back at his parents’ home in New Jersey.
The American Professional Baseball League (MLB) brings together many international players from CH Dominica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nicaragua, and many other countries. However, these people are currently having difficulty in the process of entering the US to focus on the team due to the government tightening immigration procedures because of the Covid-19 epidemic. Some people are still facing financial difficulties as the host club announces that they will suspend the payment of wages because they are no longer playing.
Felipe Vazquez is a talented pitcher of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the American Professional League (MLB). According to the Dodger Blue, Felipe Vazquez earned a salary of 22 million USD / season with a bonus of 10 million USD if helping the team reached the top 5-6 of the MLS tournament. However, the pitcher from Venezuela has a bad habit and is about to pay a heavy price because of his disgusting action.
The Triblive newspaper reported that Felipe Vazquez has just received a series of allegations involving minors from the St. Louis court. Louis (Missouri, USA). Case files provided in February said Felipe Vazquez sent a series of “hot” photos and videos of himself to a 15-year-old girl. According to police investigations, the day of the incident was also the day Felipe Vazquez excelled in helping the Pittsburgh Pirates win against Club St. Louis Cardinals. It seems that this player celebrated a bit too much.
However, police further investigated and discovered that Felipe Vazquez had sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in 2017. This caused anger and frustration for many people when this information was released. announced. Currently, Felipe Vazquez is being detained by the authorities and the judge has stripped him of his bail. Venezuela’s players will have to wait until 23/6 to attend the hearing to know their fate. According to defense lawyers, Felipe Vazquez was “trapped” in 2017 when the girl associated with the pitcher lied her age. However, Felipe Vazquez needs to present convincing evidence at the next hearing if he does not want to be “sentenced” to prison.
Since spectators were not allowed to go to the stadium, some clubs tried to ‘fill’ the empty seats in the stands. On 5/5, the annual Korean professional baseball tournament (KBO League) kicked off with 5 matches between 10 teams, starting at 14h (local time). This season is scheduled to open on March 28 but has been delayed for 5 weeks due to the influence of Covid-19. This is the first year that the KBO League has taken place without a live audience. During the opening match, which took place at Incheon’s Munhak Baseball Stadium, the SK Wyverns printed a picture of the crowd cheering to cover the corners of the stands, as they hosted the Hanwha Eagles. In another match between KT Wiz and Kiwoom Heroes, the first pitch was not taken directly as usual, but complied with the “social spacing” rule. The girls in the cheerleading group dance before the opening time wearing masks. In addition, a giant led screen playing regulations to keep safe during a pandemic was also shown continuously throughout the match.
KBO League organizers said they still plan to host all 144 matches of the season, from now until October. This is one of the first major professional sports in the world to return to play between Covid-19. The organizers have implemented a series of measures to keep the stadium safe and require all players and coaches to test their body temperature before playing. Viewers are banned from going to the field to watch live until the risk of infection in South Korea drops to its lowest level. Players are prohibited from throwing their hands to celebrate, chewing smokeless tobacco, and wearing masks when queuing before the competition. In addition, referees and coaches also must wear masks during the game. If any of the club members are positive for nCoV during the season, the tournament will be suspended for at least three weeks.
In Daegu, the city that was once the focal point of Covid-19 in South Korea, the Samsung Lions home team used a giant led screen to play video messages from players, celebrities and fans to thank the players. Doctors and medical staff have been fighting against the disease. On the morning of 5/5, South Korea reported 3 new cases, the lowest daily increase since Covid-19 broke out in late February. So far, this East Asian country has recorded 10,804 positive cases with nCoV, of which 254 deaths, 9,283 recovering.
American sports will lose at least $ 12 billion in revenue due to suspension from the Covid-19 pandemic, even if the top professional leagues are canceled, according to ESPN.
The level of business damage analysis is only an estimate for corporate sports tournaments in the US and does not include outdoor recreation, bookies or golf, tennis and NASCAR racing. Patrick Rishe – director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis, estimated the impact of the closure on major American and professional sports leagues … will be immense due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rishe estimates that US professional sports will lose at least US $ 5.5 billion from downtime, while college sports will lose the $ 3.9 billion and youth sports revenue will fall by 2, 4 billion USD. These figures are estimated from the premier league baseball (MLB), soccer (MLS) can be canceled half of the season, while basketball (NBA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) cancel. part and play-offs will be without an audience, while the youth sports tournament will be back in July. However, according to AFP, the future of the tournament is still uncertain when the Covid-19 pandemic is raging, which caused more than 65,000 deaths and infected more than 1.1 million people in the US (as of day 2.5). Rishe told ESPN: “As an economist, stop, look at the” carnage “that is happening – dumbfounded, horrified, and disturbed.”