By: Team Sportanatic
With the COVID -19 pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, MyTeam11 – One of the leading fantasy sports platforms of the country released the key takeaways from their survey meant to understand the mindset of sports enthusiasts & how is it going to affect the industry as a whole in the future. The survey which was conducted across a sample of 10,000 individuals from a 15 million+ user base gave some important insights in a time when the COVID-19 clouds loom large over the resumption of sports.
First takeaway of the survey indicated that 83% of the poll takers pitched in to say that sports might get rolling again by the end of the year 2020 while nearly 40% will not feel comfortable attending sports events anytime before the year 2021. This indicated that fans have a high affinity towards the return of sport but wish to be prudent in visiting the stadiums.
The second key takeaway pointed towards the return of the world’s greatest cricket extravaganza the Indian Premier League (IPL). The year has already seen the postponement of the biggest sporting event in the sporting world – The 2020 Olympics, which has been postponed until next year due to spread of COVID-19. The IPL which was scheduled to begin on March 29, 2020 can now be organized in two windows and the fans gave their verdict with nearly 40% of the poll takers believe that it might not happen this year. On the other hand, 13% of the people believe that it should be organized in empty stadiums during the June-July window.
Another trend which the poll suggested, pointed towards the how eager are people for sports to return. One of the key things which came through was nearly 90% of the fans are waiting for sports to resume as it is a key source of rejuvenation and socializing across all age groups which the pandemic has completely snatched away.
Expected trends for the rest of the year:
The sports fans are eagerly waiting for things to normalize & watch sports taking the field once again. Looking at the current situations & expectations of people, it can be derived that we might soon be able to enjoy games on our televisions, mobile phones or other streaming platforms. However, we’ll have to wait for quite some time to hear those cheers at the venues.