With football’s current hiatus, as everyone focuses in on what’s more important in life, Thursday’s announcement that the domestic English game was now suspended until at least April 30, probably hasn’t come as a surprise to any fan who has been following the news closely.
It’s not just the English game that has been hit hard though, European games and Champions League matches have also naturally suffered, such as the Barcelona v Napoli tie that was scheduled for this Wednesday’s midweek slot and it has left fans twiddling their thumbs.
Champions League odds, as well as all sports betting, has naturally suffered with matches currently postponed, but for those who like to try and sensibly play the market for a bit of fun, there are obviously alternatives to help keep you occupied. When matches return though, avid users of the market will undoubtedly see plenty of good odds and offers as companies look to make up for time.
Whilst matches like Barcelona v Napoli have fallen by the wayside for now, many clubs are looking at other ways of entertaining the fans with online competitions, whilst also supporting charities and covering their own financial bottom line with fundraising efforts.
Whilst player wages and transfer fees can often take the headlines, clubs have to help protect the unseen workers behind the scenes who make running clubs possible, and clearly, with matchday income and revenue being hit, there are clubs who are going to severely struggle on that front – so these initiatives should be applauded.
There will also be those who turn their thoughts to the growing Esports side of the game, with many clubs now employing their own team of virtual gamers for tournaments and competitions given the growth in that particular industry over the last few years.
Football will return, the only question is when, and until then, it’s simply a case of being sensible, following the advice we are all aware of, and making sure that you keep yourself, and yours, safe.