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Bitcoin Data Giant CoinMarketCap Sponsors Major Israeli Football Club

Bitcoin Data Giant CoinMarketCap Sponsors Major Israeli Football Club

CoinMarketCap, bitcoin, Beitar Jerusalem Football Club

Bitcoin price tracking website CoinMarketCap is now an official sponsor of a major Israeli soccer team, Beitar Jerusalem Football Club. | Source: Luke Wagman/Twitter

By CCN: Crypto price-tracking website CoinMarketCap is sponsoring the Beitar Jerusalem Football Club, an Israeli soccer team. And Israel’s most famous footballer, Yossi Benayoun, is a bitcoin investor. Benayoun retired from Beitar Jerusalem last month.

Beitar Jerusalem Scores CoinMarketCap Sponsorship

Luke Wagman, the CEO of CoinMarketCap, proudly touted the news on Twitter. A giddy Wagman even suggested that CoinMarketCap’s sporty new uniforms brought Beitar Jerusalem some good luck in a friendly match against Madrid.

“Thrilled to be featured on the Beitar Jerusalem Football Club’s uniforms yesterday in their match versus Atlético Madrid. They won 2-1! It is exciting to see crypto getting more mainstream attention.”

bitcoin giant coinmarketcap sponsors israeli football team

Crypto price tracking platform CoinMarketCap is sponsoring the Beitar Jerusalem Football Club. | Source: Luke Wagman/Twitter

Blockchain executive Alexandre Dreyfus congratulated Wagman, saying this is the just the beginning.

Dreyfus tweeted: “Football and crypto 😉 Getting there.”

Football and crypto 😉 getting there 😉

— Alexandre Dreyfus (@alex_dreyfus) May 23, 2019

Soccer Clubs Are Embracing Crypto

The CoinMarketCap sponsorship is the latest example of the incremental merging of the crypto world with sports and pop culture. According to BlockTV, cryptocurrencies are slowly starting to “take over football” (video below).

On the surface, this might sound trivial. However, the implications are unmistakable: The increasing integration of crypto into mainstream culture is a sign that virtual currencies like bitcoin aren’t going away.

As CCN reported in July 2018, Gibraltar United became the first football team to pay its players in cryptocurrency. Getting paid in bitcoin is useful for foreign players who struggle to open bank accounts in Gibraltar. It also helps them avoid taxes and fees.

Cryptocurrencies are taking over football! With @CoinMarketCap sponsoring the jerseys in the @Atleti Vs @fcbeitar, our @AsherWestropp was there to see who was taking on the crypto message. See full report:

— BLOCKTV (@BLOCKTVnews) May 23, 2019

One of the Richest Football Clubs Hops on Bitcoin Bandwagon

Other football teams in Europe have also embraced crypto. In September 2018, French soccer powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain announced plans to launch its own cryptocurrency under a partnership with Malta-based blockchain company Socios.

Paris Saint-Germain is one of the richest football clubs in the world. In 2017, the club paid a record $263 million to recruit Brazilian football star Neymar from Barcelona. That is the most expensive transfer fee in European football history.

Alex Dreyfus, the CEO of Socios and Chiliz, told CCN that he’s bringing other top soccer clubs into the crypto-sphere.

“We are focusing on on-boarding the biggest clubs in Europe. Outside of France, our priority is clubs in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany.”

One of the World’s Wealthiest Football Clubs is Launching a Cryptocurrency

— (@CCNMarkets) September 11, 2018

Bitcoin Is Gaining Mainstream Traction

In August 2018, Brazilian superstar Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (a.k.a. – Ronaldinho) launched an ambitious crypto project that aims to develop a betting platform and create virtual-reality stadiums that will include a blockchain database of fantasy football teams.

Then, four months later — in December 2018 — Brazilian football club Atletico Mineiro hopped on the crypto bandwagon when it announced plans to create a token for fans called “Galo Coins.”

Obviously, not all of these projects will succeed. But the fact that marquee stars in soccer — the most popular sport in the world, with 4 billion fans — are taking notice is a bullish sign for the industry.

And last week, the crypto community scored a major PR victory when it won mainstream media attention on the hit CBS News show “60 Minutes.” Being spotlighted on the popular news magazine program was a watershed moment for the budding ecosystem.

Bitcoin Searches Rocket to 13-Month High Amid ’60 Minutes’ Hype

— (@CCNMarkets) May 19, 2019

For reference, viewership for the May 12 episode of “60 Minutes” totaled 7.9 million.

By comparison, the May 19 bitcoin-focused episode scored 8.2 million total viewers. That’s a 14.29% ratings spike, courtesy of the “crypto bump.”

60 minutes bitcoin ratings

The bitcoin-centric episode of “60 Minutes” that aired May 19, 2019, notched 8.2 million viewers. | Source: Nielsen Ratings

About The Author

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a financial editor who writes about politics at BizPac Review, about business at CCN, and general news at HVY. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania who enjoys finance, flowers, and fitness. You can find her on Twitter at Samantha_Chang.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

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