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Coronavirus Cripples Sports Betting Industry: What You Need To Know

Due to the recent pandemic caused by the COVID-19 or popularly known as the Coronavirus, the world of sports betting is now suffering a crippling effect. 

The cancellation of March Madness and the suspension of the NBA and NHL season have left the industry in a bad shape.

In fact, “more than £2 billion was wiped off the value of Britain’s biggest bookmakers as a wave of sporting events were canceled or postponed in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus” according to This is Money.

In relation to the cancellation and suspension of major sporting events, the Grand National Festival (Horse Racing) to be held on April 2-4 has been canceled as the UK government believes that it is no longer appropriate and safe to stage the event at the time of writing.

According to an official report from BBC Sports, senior steward Sandy Dudgeon stated, “I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do.”

Furthermore, the virus is not only affecting publicly-traded UK sports bookmakers. In fact, even the online gambling industry did not manage to escape the selloff.

Some of the biggest sports events that were called off because of the coronavirus are the following:

  • The NCAA Tournament
  • The Major League Baseball
  • The National Hockey League
  • The Australian Grand Prix

There is also a big possibility that the Premiere League will be canceled due to the virus.

Here are some at-risk sports events:

  • Europe’s Strongest Man 2020
  • The London Marathon 2020
  • F.A. Cup Semi-Final 2020
  • Perth Festival 2020

While things may not be that bright for Asian bookmakers today, gambling while the coronavirus is active is still possible. Instead of visiting land-based bookmakers, get into online gambling instead.

If you’re not familiar with the ins and outs of online sports betting, here are some tips to help you start it the right way.

Learn the Basics

Online sports betting is easy, but don’t get too excited. As a tenderfoot, it is advisable for you to learn all the necessary processes before you start placing wagers.

Being aware of the online system will put you in a better position. Don’t forget that the goal is to make a profit. That is why it is vital to avoid risks.

Use Some Online Betting Strategies

Do your homework and capitalize on effective sports betting strategies that you can use online. Aside from getting a wider range of sports betting online, you can also find beneficial tactics that you can add or apply to your current betting strategy.

Take Your Time

Since online betting is considered as one of the most convenient ways to get into sports gambling, you should take your time to become familiar with it.

While there isn’t much of a difference when it comes to the rules and regulations, performing online betting with the use of technology can be challenging for bettors who prefer the thrill of public sports trading.

Above all, while the future is still not clear for both sports events and bettors due to the pandemic, online sports betting can still offer you a wide range of options. There are still some sporting events that are happening despite the current situation that the world is facing. 

If you love sports gambling that much, finding a reliable online sports bookmaker should be your first priority. 

And if you’re currently searching for one today, don’t miss the chance to register in our trusted online sports betting partner VOdds.

12 Active NBA Players Who Are Sure to Retire Their Jerseys Someday

Retiring a jersey number may not be every NBA player’s goal. But it surely is the recognition when a team decides to do so.

In case you’re wondering, retiring a jersey number is a team’s way of honouring the efforts and contributions of the player to the team. This is usually a player who played at hall-of-fame levels.

It is more than about the NBA player’s technical prowess, however. Raising the jersey to the rafter or affixing it to the walls is also about influence.

Case in point: There was a clamour to retire Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers as an emblem of his storied career. NBA players call to retire the jerseys to pay their respects to the late legend following his untimely death.

While at it, here are interesting to know about retired NBA jerseys.

  • Wilt Chamberlain has the most retired jerseys: Philadelphia Warriors (13), Los Angeles Lakers (13) and Philadelphia 76ers (13).
  • There are currently 208 jerseys retired by teams. 
  • Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors have not retired any jerseys yet.
  • Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings have retired their #6 for the fans, specifically the 1986-87 Kings fans.
  • Memphis Grizzlies will be retiring Tony Allen’s #9 and Zach Randolph’s #50 soon.

Jersey numbers deserving of retirement

Tracy McGrady and Ray Allen are two players who are much worthy of an NBA jersey number retirement. Hope floats still, considering that Tony Parker has recently seen his No. 9 jersey raised to the rafters.

For the active players, these are the players who must have their jersey numbers retired someday.

LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers, #23 and Miami Heat, #6)

No other player deserves a jersey retirement than King James. James gave the Cavs its first championship title after 52 years in 2016. He also delivered a back to back championship with the Heat in 2012 and 2013.

James Harden (Houston Rockets, #13)

Before Harden went on to play for the Rockets, he’s already known for his scoring abilities. He is the transcendent player that the team was looking for nevertheless. He won’t be the NBA’s MVP in 2018 for nothing.

Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder, #0)

Westbrook’s time with the Thunder is one for the books. Playing along Kevin Durant and Harden, he earned All-Star and All-NBA appearances as well as an MVP honour. Westbrook is not just an MVP, but also the league’s leading scorer in 2014-15 and 2016-17.

Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers, #0)

From his rookie season in 2013, Lillard remains to be one of the most underrated NBA players to date. But he always performs as expected. He won Rookie of the Year in 2012. Today, he is only one in two Blazers who appeared in an All-Star Game for five times.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks, #34)

Antetokounmpo’s last six seasons were fantastic, to say the least. He is now considered as James’ apparent heir as the new face of the NBA. In 2016-17, he was one of the Bucks players to be included in five major statistical categories. He was actually the first to finish at the top 20 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.

Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors, #2)

What Leonard did with the Raptors is truly game-changing, well at least for teams and its fan base. He helped the Raptors win its first NBA championship in 2018-19 where he also earned his second Finals MVP.

Hamptons 5 (Golden State Warriors, #s30, 11, 35, 9, and 23)

The Hamptons 5 is composed of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Draymond Green. They are the reasons for the Warriors’ golden era. They epitomised “Strength in Numbers.” 

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6 NBA Players With the Most All-Star MVP Awards

Kawhi Leonard has won his first NBA All-Star Game MVP award. Leonard deemed the award as ‘very special.’

It was the first highlight of the night. The second highlight was renaming the award into the Kobe Bryant MVP award. This is only fitting because he was one in only two NBA players with the most All-Star MVP awards presently at four.

Would you want to know who the other NBA player who has the most All-Star Game MVP award is? Read on.

Kobe Bryant (4)

Bryant won the award in 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011 while playing for Los Angeles Lakers.

He played for a total of 18 All-Star Games, appearing for the first time on his third season in the NBA. Bryant’s debut to the game was a memorable one as he came face to face against his idol, Michael Jordan. It was also his first time to do the 360 dunk Bryant was famous for.

Bryant was the youngest player ever voted to appear in the games.

Bob Pettit (4)

Pettit won all his MVP awards while playing for St. Louis Hawks. He got the award in 1956, 1958, 1959, and 1962.

Pettit played for 11 consecutive All-Star Games.

Before that, however, the world was sceptic whether he would survive the challenges of playing in the NBA. He proved everyone wrong as he went on to become the greatest forward of his era.

All thanks to his willingness to learn what he had to. Pettit gave birth to the phrase ‘second effort.’

Oscar Robertson (3)

While playing for Cincinnati Royals, Robertson won the award in 1961, 1964, and 1969.

Robertson, who is also known as the Big O, is the definition of ‘versatile.’ He was averaging a triple-double on his second NBA season. He held this record until Russell Westbrook matched such feat in the 2016-17 season.

He also played in 12 consecutive All-Star Games.

Michael Jordan (3)

Jordan won his MVP award in 1988, 1996, and 1998. He was with Chicago Bulls.

Selected to appear in the games 14 times, Jordan once said that “[he’d] like to play in at least one All-Star Game.” In his first season, he was voted as a starter in the All-Star East squad.

During the All-Star Weekend, Jordan won the first two Slam Dunk competitions.

Shaquille O’Neal (3)

O’Neal won his MVP awards in 2000, 2004, and 2009 when he played for Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.

In 2009, O’Neal was named one of the two MVPs along with Bryant. Winning as co-MVPs ended their long-standing beef. 

LeBron James (3)

James won the award in 2006, 2008, and then ten years after in 2018.

James appeared in the All-Star Games for 16 times, debuting on his first game during his sophomore year.

By 2015, he was already considered as the “face of the NBA” with growing influence among decision-makers. In 2014, he suggested increasing the game’s break duration. His request was granted the following season.

Other NBA players who won two All-Star Game MVP awards include Bob Cousy, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook.

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