The year 2019 was magnificent year compared to 2020 for Sports and Entertainment lovers, Entertainment industry had a huge impact due to Covid-19.
The USA Sports News industry saw many sport event got cancelled, postponed or played without fans, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cancelled all the 2020 games, first in its eight decade history of basketball tournament.
The professional American football NFL had a testing time during Covid pandemic in 2020, opted for frequent tests, social distancing (tough in the sport) not allowing public.
The International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach announced the postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics from scheduled 24 July to 9 August 2020 to July 23 to August 8 in 2021.
Covid 19 caused huge financial damage to many professional sporting bodies around the world, particularly in United States, where potential ticket revenue, media rights, sponsor revenue for major sports like NFL, NBA, MLB and Motor racing.
The vision for 2021 is far more promising as many sports started their regular season and announcing the draft and their 2021 schedule.
ESPN came out with a huge seven year broadcast NHL ESPN TV Deal, inspiring other sports bodies to kick start the season to confront their 2020 financial losses. The Walt Disney Company’s networks ESPN to broadcast 25 games from the NHL schedule live throughout regular season. More than 1000 games are available to NHL’s out-of-market streaming package ESPN+ subscribers. 75 national regular-season games per season produced by ESPN that will stream exclusively on both ESPN+ and Hulu.
Exclusive coverage of Stanley Cup Final on ABC in four of the seven years of the agreement to present on ESPN+ and additional ESPN networks
The deal also includes International media rights in Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of Europe that will be part of agreement.
ESPN came up with the broadcast of UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland, which induces confidence to the broadcast industry. NBA also not behind the race bringing the weeknight double header for the fans to forget the pandemic effects.
NHL deal with the sports network to bring Stanley Cup Final and Stanley Cup Playoffs action live also enhances the confidence of 2021 seasons success.
The Sports Network are impressed to see ‘Alabama Spring Game Live’ football game on SEC Network on Tuesday, March 23.
The men’s college basketball ‘National Invitational Tournament’ has started their 2021 season with Toledo vs. Richmond on Wed, Mar 17 concluding the Championship on Sun, Mar 28. NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships also kicks the season with first round on Thursday, March 18 ending The Final on Saturday.
The High School Basketball Nationals will also start on Wed, Mar 31 to end the Tournament during first week of April. The twelve game to be presented on ESPN will be four day event broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.