The beginning of this decade has been… not great, to say the least. For the world of sports, the better half of 2020 meant closed down stadiums, canceled events upon canceled events, and so forth. In this article, you will get to know about the trends to follow in the world of 2020s sports.
It hasn’t been a great year, that’s for sure. However, there are some segments within the sporting world that have benefited from the lockdown measures. Considering how things have evolved in more than a year, we can now safely make a few predictions regarding the following trends in sports this decade.
Online Betting Will Continue to Grow
We saw a huge rise in online gambling numbers during 2020. This was, of course, because of the closure of physical casinos and sportsbooks. However, people have also found a certain level of comfort that a sports statistics app brings.
For example, the ease with which they can verify odds and statistics regarding their favorite teams. They don’t have to get in a car or jump to numerous sites just for some basic numbers. Instead, they can place bets and view the odds in a single place. This convenience is what will ultimately drive the crowds towards online sportsbooks and casinos.
Mobile Is the Way Forward
When looking over mobile usage statistics, it is important to note that this domain has grown tremendously over the past decade. During the 2020s, it will undoubtedly reach even newer heights. Because of this, sports will most likely go mobile as well. Sure, you might enjoy watching a football game with your friends in a stadium or at a bar with a huge TV.
However, since more and more people are becoming somewhat “digital nomad” -ish, they tend to travel a lot more. And when you’re traveling, you’ll want to see the game on your mobile device because that’s the most convenient way to do so on the road. Of course, with mobile also come other advantages, such as getting notifications in an instant, any time you’d like, and anywhere you might be.
Virtual Reality Is Finally a Thing
If you remember the 90s, you might also remember a time when virtual reality was supposed to become the next major thing since the 80s’ synthesizers’ improvements. That wasn’t the case, sadly. Everything VR-related during that time saw a disastrous downfall not long after the initial release. Yes, the Virtual Boy, glad you remember.
Nowadays, things have changed dramatically. We have a slew of VR headsets at our disposal, from something as basic as a Nintendo Labo to something as advanced as the newest Oculus VR gear. And yes, this ties directly into sports because you might soon be able to view matches from the perspective of the actual players or play sports games in a manner as immersive as there ever was.
More Smart Gear for the Amateur Sportsman
You’ve most likely heard about smartwatches that track your health metrics such as your heartbeat, blood pressure, number of walked and ran steps, and so forth. Well, it’s going to get even more tech-oriented from here on out. More and more people might start adopting smartwatches, pedometers, and other sports-related tech gear for their daily activities.
In fact, even without such gear, you’ve probably seen or even tested a sports-related tracking app in the past. There are plenty of options on both the App Store and Google Play, with some additions also making their way onto the Microsoft Store. Some of the most popular of these choices are apps that track your food intake and give you suggestions based on age, height, gender, and BMI.
Which of these trends are you most excited about? Or, better yet, which of these trends have you had the chance to test out on your own? Feel free to leave us a comment below with your thoughts and opinions on this subject matter or anything related to this topic.