Sports NFTs 101: Overview, Interesting Facts and Engagement
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Sports NFTs 101: Overview, Interesting Facts and Engagement

By Priyobroto December 20, 2022 - 229 views

Sports NFTs- The Next Big Phenom

Sports NFTs have dramatically transformed the means of engagement, i.e. the ways in which fans and supporters can support their chosen teams and athletes.

Fans can now embark on direct interaction with their chosen athletes with immersive digital environments, while also attending sports events live. Sports NFTs are one of the newest avatars of NFTs or non-fungible tokens.

These are essentially non-interchangeable and unique code pieces with storage on the blockchain. They are novel digital assets built on the blockchain for representing sporting moments, sports cards for digital trading, digital memorabilia, and various other kinds of items. 

Engagement and NFTs

Engagement of the fans is a key parameter for generating sales of merchandise, sponsor revenues, and ticket revenues as well. This includes attending/watching games live, attending signings and other events, purchasing merchandise, and more.

The key element here is that fans always desire closer interactions with their favourite players and teams. This has naturally led to new-age platforms where fans are now trading and buying digital memorabilia and keepsakes. An example would be the NBA Top Shorts NFT marketplace of the National Basketball League.

Fans are already selling, purchasing, and trading video clips of basketball across tiers like legendary and common. Similar platforms are also being created by the National Hockey League and National Football League. 

Going forward, the new rules of engagement will include attending special events, live matches, purchases, and more. Platforms like these are already integrating collectibles and other segments into the Web3 fold.

NFTs are steadily engaging more fans and are functioning as hugely powerful tools for marketing which can draw more newcomers to sports as well. e-Sports fans worldwide have also got an opportunity for getting tokens which can unlock more access to exclusive clubs, VIP zones, and also channels which are hosted by popular players and teams. 

Interesting Facts About Sports NFTs 

  • There is no wear and tear for digital assets. 
  • All cards have ownership verified, which keeps tampering at bay. Modifications are easy to spot. 
  • $2.6 billion is the estimated value of the Sports NFT segment for 2022. It could touch $41.6 billion within 2032, with CAGR of 36.3%. 
  • 2021 trades saw more than $1 billion being generated by Sports NFTs. It can surpass $2 billion for 2022 as well. 
  • A record $387,600 was generated with the sale of a slam dunk by LeBron James as a tribute to Kobe Bryant, the deceased legend. 
  • Video, image, and audio NFTs are available and various forms include collectable, memorabilia, and trading card NFTs. 
  • Some of the top NFT-buying platforms include NBA Top Shot, OpenSea, Enjin, Aetsoft, and Rarible among others. 
  • Leading brands for sports card NFTs include NBA Top Shot (already sold $500 million+ in trading cards), SoRare (fantasy football game where players can sell, buy, and trade cards for managing their teams virtually), Curio Cards (29,700 cards were minted with a full set retailing for $1.2 million+ last year), and Candy Digital (offers collections like Play of the Day with each NFT at $15.00). 

Sports NFTs are clearly here to stay, redefining the traditional rules of engagement and sparking what may be called interactive fan commerce in turn. 

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