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MLB’s Oakland Athletics Plan to Hold Bitcoin From Suite Sales

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  • The Oakland A’s has announced it plans to hold any Bitcoin it receives.
  • The MLB franchise is currently offering full season suites for one Bitcoin apiece.

The Oakland Athletics has announced that it plans to hold any Bitcoin that it receives as part of an initiative that offers full season suites for the 2021 regular baseball season for the price of one Bitcoin, per Bloomberg TV.

“We’re going to hold it, we’re believers in it, and hopefully it continues to go up,” A’s president Dave Kaval told Bloomberg TV last Friday. “Maybe we can sign some big free agents with some of the proceeds—who knows?” he added.

Buying a full season suite with Bitcoin

According to a March 14 press release, the Oakland Athletics—better known as the A’s—said they would be selling full season suites for the price of one Bitcoin from March 14 to April 1, the official Opening Day for the MLB season.

We invite our fans to become the first Bitcoin suite holders in sports,” said Kaval in a press release, adding, “We’re excited to be one of a handful of teams to accept cryptocurrency for payment and the first to price tickets in crypto instead of US currency.”

Obviously, the price of one Bitcoin is in constant flux. Today, one Bitcoin is worth approximately $57,000. On March 14, one Bitcoin was worth over $60,000. This means that the price of a season suite would also fluctuate, which, according to Kaval, only adds to the excitement.

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According to the Oakland A’s’ website, the regular price for a full season suite is $64,800.

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Oakland A’s. Image: Shutterstock

That means that anyone wanting to buy a full season suite today would save approximately $7,000.

The A’s have set ten suites aside for purchase in Bitcoin, and Kaval is hopeful that “two or three” will be sold by Opening Day, which is coming up on Thursday April 1.

Kaval also added that the franchise has received “over a hundred inbound inquiries,” so while nobody has bought a suite with Bitcoin yet, there is definitely some interest.
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Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead: Bitcoin (BTC) Already Up 100% in This Bull Run

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How big is median increase in Bitcoin (BTC) price in bullish market phases?

As Bitcoin (BTC) reclaims $62,000 level, Dan Morehead, CEO of the first-ever cryptocurrency-focused VC firm in the U.S., shares the comprehensive statistics of the last six bull runs for Bitcoin.

Bitcoin (BTC) price doubled in 87 days: Bull Run 2021

According to the latest tweet by Mr. Morehead, the Bitcoin (BTC) price witnessed a 2x increase in the first 87 days of the ongoing bullish wave.

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Unlike many other experts, Mr. Morehead identifies two separate “bull run” phases in 2020-2021. During the previous one, between March 16, 2020, and April 14, 2021, it took 394 days for Bitcoin (BTC) to increase its price 13x and print a new all-time high.

According to his infographic, the most impressive rally ended with a 106x increase of the orange coin’s price in 2015-2017.

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That said, the median Bitcoin (BTC) price bull run lasted for 300 days and increased the “king coin’s price” by 15x.

Will Bitcoin ETF mark the top of the BTC cycle?

At the same time, according to “The Next Price Era” letter issued by Pantera Capital on Oct. 6, 2021, the hotly-anticipated approval of Bitcoin (BTC) ETFs is listed amidst the possible “sell the news” events.

Mr. Morehead noticed that the launch of CME Bitcoin Futures and Coinbase direct listing triggered painful bear markets:

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Will someone please remind the day before the bitcoin ETF officially launches?  I might want to take some chips off the table.

As covered by U.Today previously, similar statements were made by CNBC’s Jim Cramer.

The seasoned analyst also revealed his plans to “cash out” 50% of his Ethereum (ETH) bags.

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Bitcoin Will Significantly Underperform Altcoin Market As New Crypto Price Era Unfolds: Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead

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The founder and chief executive officer of Pantera Capital says that investors can expect altcoins to outperform Bitcoin (BTC) in the long term.

In a recent edition of Pantera’s Blockchain Letter, the head of the digital asset management firm outlines Dan Morehead’s key quotes from the SALT 2021 conference in New York. During the conference, Morehead said that even though his company has greatly profited from BTC, he emphasized that most future crypto gains will come from altcoin investments.ADVERTISEMENT

“My perspective is: Bitcoin has been amazing – Pantera Bitcoin Fund is up 67,000% since inception. However, I think the majority of future gains will be from tokens outside of Bitcoin. I know that sounds heretical to some people here, but that’s my professional opinion.”

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Morehead compares the rise of Bitcoin and its competitors to that of the tech industry boom during the late 1990s.

“It’s like saying in 1998 that [the] majority of future tech gains would come from outside Microsoft.

At the time, Microsoft was worth $218 billion, Apple $3.5 billion, Amazon was $2.2 billion. Google and Facebook were zero – they didn’t even exist. In the years since Microsoft did great – it went up 10x. However, 80% of the tech gains in these five stocks came from outside Microsoft.

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That’s the view I have here – I think BTC is going to go up a ton – like 10x. It’s a great investment…[but] I think the broader portfolio is going to outperform.”

At time of writing, BTC has a market cap of $1.156 trillion while all altcoins combined have a market cap of $1.327 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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s are now selling ‘way more’ US Dollars to buy Bitcoin

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El Salvador’s mainstream Bitcoin (BTC) adoption gains momentum during the ongoing bull run as citizens increasingly exchange their United States dollar savings for Bitcoin. 

President Nayib Bukele shared this new development on Twitter based on the data acquired from El Salvador’s in-house wallet service, Chivo. President Bukele said:

“People are inserting way more USD (to buy #BTC) than what they are withdrawing from the Chivo ATMs.”

He also urged media outlets to independently confirm the above information by visiting the ATMs. President Bukele further stated that Chivo has reported 24,076 remittance requests “adding up to $3,069,761.05 in one day.”

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The increase in USD to Bitcoin conversions within the jurisdiction reflects a change in investor sentiment, which initially faced resistance during adoption from the general public. Moreover, the Salvadorean government offers various subsidies for using Bitcoin such as fuel subsidies and tax exemptions. 

El Salvador has installed over 200 ATMs after adopting Bitcoin as a legal tender, making it the third-largest network of crypto ATMs after the United States and Canada.

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A Cointelegraph report shows that El Salvador exceeded United Kingdom’s crypto ATM count after deploying 205 crypto ATMs, mainly to facilitate local Bitcoin transactions and Bitcoin to U.S. dollars conversions.

Recently, the Salvadorean government announced to build a $4 million veterinary hospital using the profits attained during the Bitcoin bull market. According to President Bukele, the veterinary hospital will host four operating rooms, four emergency clinics, 19 offices, and a rehabilitation area: “We decided to invest a part of that money in this: a veterinary hospital for our furry friends.”

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