20 years ago, the San Antonio Spurs had won their first of five championships. Soon after, the 1999 NBA draft introduced names like Elton Brand, Manu Ginobili, Baron Davis, and Lamar Odom to the NBA. The MLB was experiencing multiple cases of doping. Tony Hawk had just landed the world’s first 900, and The Matrix was starring in theaters.
Things have changed a lot, but what does the next 20 years hold for sports?
With the majority of current sports stars having vanished into retirement, new ones will have stolen the spotlight (Bronny James???).
Esports will continue on its rise in fame and popularity, with younger and younger teens/children gaining newfound fame and making hefty salaries. If you don’t think eSports is a sport, stick around and we’ll be discussing that in a future post.
MLS has experienced rapid growth in the past decade, and there’s no reasons to say that the growth will stop anytime soon. The 2018 season recorded the highest U.S. broadcast viewership ever, as well as setting a new high in average ticket price across the league at $30.
20 years ago the Major League Soccer had 12 teams, and now it contains 24 different teams, with multiple others joining soon.
Children’s soccer will begin to make tighter and tighter regulations on heading the ball, as heading was the result of loads of concussions. In fact, most youth leagues have already banned 11 year-olds and younger from heading the ball at all – practice or game.
The NFL will have to develop some new technology or rules that limits head injuries, because the current information on CTE and other head injuries due to football is making more and more people wary of it. Many of the football greats admit they wouldn’t of ever played the game if they knew about the risks we now know.
Who knows, Spikeball may be an olympic sport by then! If you missed that article, go check out https://sbp.sport.blog/2019/06/27/is-spikeball-americas-next-big-sport/ !
Undoubtedly, there will be new technological advancements that help athletes perform at higher levels, and occasionally a big record will be broken due to those breakthroughs.
One things’s for sure: the digital world will be taking over sports, having a greater and greater impact with each passing year.
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