It hasn't been easy for anybody or any business the last month or so as COVID-19 continues to dominate every aspect of society. One industry particularly decimated by lockdowns and shutdowns is the exploding legal gambling industry in the US as it endures casino closures and the stoppage of nearly all Major Sports around the globe.
This weekend, eSports took center stage with the "NBA 2K20" Players-Only Tournament, an entertaining virtual replacement for real NBA action. The tournament tipped off Friday with a slate of four games, broadcast on... where else... ESPN
There were high hopes for the US legal sports betting industry for 2020 but COVID-19 has thrown everything out of whack including how much/how little individual state legislators are willing to consider wagering platforms in their state. The latest state to brush legal sports betting aside for 2020 is Kentucky, who passed their budget Wednesday without any mention of the tax revenue expected to be generated by a wagering platform.
The hearty state of Colorado is plowing ahead with their plans to officially launch a legal sports betting platform May 1 despite the sports world, outside of Belarussian soccer, darts, eSports and a few other minor pro leagues being completely shut down because of COVID-19.
With the sports betting cupboards barren thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the sportsbook world has been forced to look elsewhere to engage their customers. The latest effort comes from IMG Arena and The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) who have teamed up to create the first officially branded virtual tennis game.