The coronavirus pandemic, worldwide lockdowns, professional football leagues have their entire concept shaken to an extent where no star power, be it Messi or Ronaldo, can save it from impending collapse.
Consequently of the devastating impacts of coronavirus around the world, the world will certainly never be the same again. Many fear that it will take a while for normalcy to return even if there are no new cases. People will still feel underlying tremors of them contracting the virus from others.
Although worldwide industries will face a devastating impact as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ozy report says certain segments of the sports industry will face the worst. The reason being that sports games often result in the gathering of a huge capacity crowd which will not be possible for a decent time.
Hence, coronavirus will have an everlasting impact. For months very few people may enter stadiums even after receiving the all-clear.
Highlights: Coronavirus Pandemic will have Devastating Impacts on Sports Leagues:
- Several top sporting leagues postponed or canceled.
- Everlasting fears as a result of Coronavirus.
- Will Top Leagues Survive Without Fans?
Top European Football Leagues Postponed or Cancelled
Across the globe, several sporting events have been postponed or canceled for the first time since the Second World War.
For example, both the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League have been indefinitely suspended at least until the end of this month. Moreover, even when they resume, most likely they will only take place behind closed doors.
COVID-19 Outbreak has Resulted in Everlasting Fears
With several countries extending lockdowns, it is clear that the coronavirus pandemic is not ending anytime soon. However, the more worrisome concerns are about its impact on the economy, especially the sports industry.
The question is will fans be willing to go to stadiums even if they receive the all-clear. The question arises as fans will be left devastated after witnessing the tragedies resulting because of the pandemic.
Top Leagues at Risk of Surviving if No Fans
If fans don’t purchase tickets for the top sporting leagues, the next question is, whether the top sporting leagues will even survive? Let’s take Manchester City of the Premier League as an example to explain.
As per a report by Ticketgum.com, City spent £220.9 million in transfer fees alone in 2017-18. That means City would have needed to sell approximately 7,363,333 tickets, costing £30 each, only to get their transfer fees back.
Imagine losing all this money if the league was forced to go behind closed doors.
Therefore, it seems unlikely that any team will survive for long if the situation does not return to normalcy anytime soon.
Although several players in the Premier League are taking a 30 percent reduction in salary, it is unlikely to be good enough for long even for the biggest teams, let alone the smaller teams.
The situation of football to a great extent also resembles the situation of other sporting leagues across the world. With several professional football leagues set to collapse to an extent where even stars like Messi and Ronaldo have no influence on the factors, the question is are we going to witness a new landscape for sports in the future?