The tough, cut short 2020 sport season will be remembered as a “bubble” year. As the pandemic raged and the systematic anti-racist protests rocked America and spread to Europe, athletes continued to compete. They competed in a controlled bubble environment (separated into groups so as not to be interfered with each other). They also succeeded in the relentless onslaught of Covid-19. In short, winning is not only for sports but also for science.
But 2020 isn’t just about finding a way to compete. For the American Men’s Professional Basketball (WNBA) Championship in Florida, the bubble isn’t just defending. It speaks out the voices of Black Lives Matter, anti-racist athletes after the deadly shootings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.
Then there was another shooting. After police heavily injured Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin., The Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play the play-offs and the first domino fell in a wave of sports disruption.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ actions inspired strikes at the WNBA, the American Professional Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), the American Professional Football League (MLS), and the American Football League ( NFL). Meanwhile, tennis star Naomi Osaka said she would retire from the Western & Southern Open before organizers postpone play.
The social progress has made in the midst of a dismal loss. More than 1.6 million people worldwide have died from the Covid-19 epidemic. However, the sport’s most prominent stars who die in 2020 are not due to the corona virus. They are basketball’s Kobe Bryant, who died with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in January and more recently Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona, who suffered a heart attack in age 60 in November.
Then there are virtual fans and dummies in baseball and the Bundesliga. And the Covid-19 pandemic disturbed the global schedule as well: the Tour de France postponed until September; French Open arrives in October, where Rafael Nadal wins his 13th title; and Masters at golf until November … it all says, sport never dies.
From the beginning of the year, the Covid-19 pandemic has a heavy impact on the sports industry. Many professional leagues around the globe have halted seasons. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are threatened with sporting events around the world being canceled. The analysis shows that sport revenue will only reach less than $ 74 billion in 2020. As a result of the crisis, nearly a half from the Covid-19 estimate (135.3 billion). USD) and 129 billion USD for 2019.
Due to the postponement of the Olympic 2020, NBC has lost $ 1.25 billion to advertise. European Football Confederation lost 300 million euros for postponing EURO 2020 to 2021.