Professional sports franchises, leagues, and athletes are no strangers to cryptocurrencies.
As early as 2014, when the Sacramento Kings became the first professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin, talk of how cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and blockchains like Ethereum might revolutionize sports have fueled public discourse.
Georgia Tech began accepting Bitcoin for its stadium concession sales in 2014. Marshawn Lynch, former Seattle Seahawks running back and Superbowl XLVIII Champion, invested in a blockchain company in 2015. His teammate, Richard Sherman, started accepting Bitcoin for merchandise on his website as early as 2014.
Despite the early enthusiasm, many cryptocurrency projects in the professional sports payments space have been limited or short lived.
The Litecoin Foundation, in partnership with the Miami Dolphins, announced today that it would begin accepting both Bitcoin and Litecoin for payments beginning in the 2019/2020 NFL season.
Aliant Payments, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based payment processing and independent merchant services provider, will be powering the cryptocurrency payment solution. Through the partnership, the Miami Dolphins, Litecoin, and Aliant Payments intend to give home game attendees the ability to pay with Litecoin and Bitcoin when purchasing tickets for the team’s 50/50 raffle. The 50/50 raffle tickets can be purchased both online and at 14 kiosk and raffle seller locations throughout Hard Rock Stadium.
“The Miami Dolphins are always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience, and this partnership with Litecoin provides the ability for guests to enjoy our 50/50 raffle while donating to a great cause,” Miami Dolphins Vice President & Chief Information Officer Kim Rometo said.
Litecoin continues to gain popularity in the space as a means of payment for individuals, with tens of thousands of businesses around the globe allowing their customers to pay with the cryptocurrency.
Charlie Lee, creator of Litecoin and managing director of the Litecoin Foundation. “This collaboration propels Litecoin in front of an audience of millions of people around the world at a time where adoption of cryptocurrencies continues to gain momentum and the ecosystem is able to support real world use cases in ways previously not possible. We see this as a powerful way to raise awareness and educate people about Litecoin and cryptocurrencies on a tremendous scale.”
Bitcoin, however, still leads as the cryptocurrency with the highest market cap.
As merchants like Whole Foods, Home Depot, Nordstrom, and Crate and Barrel accept Bitcoin payments, customers will have more choice as to how–and with what–they pay for their merchandise and experiences. Professional sports franchises accepting Bitcoin and Litecoin for an in game experience is just the beginning.
Beyond payments for tickets, merchandise, and stadium concessions, many sports and esports franchises are embracing broader approaches to incorporating cryptocurrencies and blockchain into their businesses. Ticket resale marketplaces, merchandise and sports memorabilia authentication, and real-time sports betting are just a few of the myriad examples live today.Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Check out my website or some of my other work here.
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) forecast and analysis on October 18, 2019
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC/USD) is trading at 7991. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates a bearish trend on Bitcoin. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator stripes.
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) forecast and analysis on October 18, 2019
As part of the Bitcoin exchange rate forecast, a test level of 8200 is expected. Where can we expect an attempt to continue the fall of BTC/USD and the further development of the downward trend. The purpose of this movement is the area near the level of 7260. The conservative area for Bitcoin sales is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator strip at 8420.
Cancellation of the option to continue the depreciation of Bitcoin will be a breakdown of the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator stripes. As well as a moving average with a period of 55 and closing of quotations of the pair above the area of 8540. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish for BTC/USD. In case of breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, one should expect acceleration of the fall of the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) forecast and analysis on October 18, 2019 implies a test level of 8200. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 7260. The conservative area for selling Bitcoin is located area of 8420. Canceling the option of falling cryptocurrency will be a breakdown of the level of 8540. In this case, we can expect continuation growth.
Bitcoin re-enters $8,000-zone, but what is its upside potential? – Confluence Detector
- BTC/USD went up from $7,998.50 to $8,077.50 this Thursday.
- The daily confluence detector shows two healthy resistance levels to overcome on the upside.
Following two straight bearish days, which took the price below the $8,000-zone, BTC/USD is on the course to recovery. Bitcoin had gone up from $7,998.50 to $8,077.50 this Thursday before it improved further to $8,087.40 this Friday. The hourly BTC/USD chart shows us that the market found intra-day resistance at $7,943.15 before it bounced up to $8,075. Since then, the price trended horizontally for a bit, negotiating with the $8,090 resistance line. The bulls managed to rally together to break past it and go up to $8,110, before correcting itself to $8,087.40.
BTC/USD daily confluence detector
The daily confluence detector has two healthy resistance levels at $8,190 and $8,260. $8,190 has the five-day Simple Moving Average (SMA 5) and one-week Fibonacci 61.8% retracement level. $8,260 has the SMA 100, one-day Pivot Point resistance two and one-day Bollinger Band middle curve.
On the downside, there is a support level of note at $8,065, which has the SMA 5, SMA 50, SMA 200, one-hour Bollinger band middle curve, one-day Fibonacci 38.2% retracement level and one-hour previous low.
Bitcoin could become store of value, as institutional interest increases
Institutional interest in Bitcoin has seen a significant rise in 2019, as several derivative financial products on top of Bitcoin have flooded the market. Active exposure of these investors to the digital asset realm has brought back the debate about whether Bitcoin is the new “store of value.” According to Grayscale’s managing director Michael Sonnenshein, there has been a certain shift in perception for sure.
Sonnenshein appeared on ‘The Scoop‘ recently to discuss the impact of institutional investor’s exposure to the digital asset class. The managing director of the firm believed that although Gold has been the standard store of value for centuries, and it made sense in the physical age, but given the rapid growth of the digital monetary age, Bitcoin for sure is challenging to become the new store of value. He explained,
“It is now nearly 2020 and we’re starting to ask investors with this question which is, what constitutes a store of value? It historically has been gold but that may have made more sense for a physical age. As we are in fully immersing ourselves now in this digital age perhaps gold doesn’t hold up as much as it once did as that store of value and perhaps investors need to think about a digital store of value such as Bitcoin.”
Institutional investors hold the key for Bitcoin and any other digital asset to gain mainstream adoption, and as of today they are more aware and learned about Bitcoin and its potential as an investment than ever before. More importantly, these investors are using Bitcoin as a hedge fund and store of value to diversify their investment portfolio as well as make quick capital gains on their investment.
The increasing interest of institutional investors is evident from the fact that GrayScale registered its highest gain in the last quarter with over $250 million raised from the investors, Binance has registered the highest daily volumes of over $700 million from its Binance futures platforms. Bakkt has launched its futures contracts recently while CME’s futures contracts year-to-date volumes have seen a significant rise over the past year.