Almost 100 years after the formation of the Globetrotters in 1926, the Perth Heat, Australia’s Bitcoin baseball team, is set to change the sport forever, but in a different way.
Originally, the Globetrotters played a huge role in the desegregation of professional basketball. But some 20,000 victories later, and having play for more than 120 million fans in 123 countries around the world, the legend of the Globetrotters lives on.
In November 2021, Perth Heat became the first team in the sports world to start operating on a Bitcoin standard. It was a decision that surprised many – a decision that skeptics scoffed at and a decision that standards had no idea what it meant or why a company would even consider BTC.
But like every piece of technology that has passed into human hands over the centuries, these attitudes will change and it won’t be long before every professional sports team is integrating bitcoin into their business.
Why will sports teams integrate Bitcoin?
First, because their players will demand payment in bitcoin. Athletes understand the low preference for time better than most.
Second, sports organizations will not remain competitive if they sit on the sidelines.
Likewise, bitcoin will not win if it sits on the sidelines.
“Currently, the conversation around bitcoin is limited to Twitter, YouTube, tech mailing lists/forums, and GitHub. Whether you like it or not, one thing bitcoiners can do to try to bridge the information gap is to meet audiences where they live these days, which include platforms like TikTok and Instagram,” Bent wrote.
So how does the famous story of the Globetrotters and a baseball team from Perth, Australia contribute to the global adoption of bitcoin?
Well, just like the Globetrotters helped bring basketball to so many new fans, the Perth Heat can bring bitcoin to so many new communities.
Did you know that there is a semi-professional baseball league in France?
Now imagine this.
The Bitcoin baseball team lands at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, to play a series of matches against France’s top baseball team, the Rouen Huskies.
The Huskies are like the Yankees. They have won 15 of the last 17 championships – they win a lot.
So can a baseball team, running on a bitcoin standard, stop the Huskies juggernaut?
Would such a game intrigue the great French newspaper L’Equipe?
What about scenario two?
This time, the Bitcoin baseball team is crossing the Atlantic Sea for a trip to Mexico!
Mexicans love baseball and we know Ricardo Salinas loves bitcoin.
Now, if Uncle Ricky were to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the game, do you think photos of Salinas throwing a bitcoin-branded baseball would make headlines?
In Mexico, the Bitcoin baseball team could play a series against Durango. Durango is in the Mexican league and the organization has developed its own fan token, Xoy Coin!
Suddenly we could have the first-ever international event between a Bitcoin sports team and a tokenized team – and when Perth wins, bitcoin’s inevitable conquest over all other coins will become evident!
The cities and the places of reception are innumerable.
Tournaments around the world could be created, and the Bitcoin Cup could be held in different cities like London, Shanghai or Johannesburg.
Imagine, the Bitcoin Sports League! Perth Heat (baseball), Peter McCormack’s Real Bedford (soccer) and the The NBA’s Houston Rockets who partnered with NYDIG (basketball).
Off-season, from March to October, the Bitcoin Baseball Team could travel the world to help education and global adoption as role models and community partners, even supporting projects like Jack Dorsey and Jay Z’s Btrust in Nigeria.
Just as the Globetrotters took basketball to all parts of the world, entertaining communities that knew little about basketball, the Perth Heat are poised to play a similar role for bitcoin.
It’s time to play ball.
This is a guest post by Steven Nelkovsky. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.