NBA Top Shot is the next big thing you may have never heard of. One of our
writers, Nathan, is semi-obsessed with it and wants to let you know how it’s
changing the game.
Background: As a trend, sports fans don’t want to
just spectate. We want to be part of the action. Look at the rise
of sports betting and collectibles. NBA Top Shot is the next
What is it? NBA Top Shot lets users buy and sell
highlights (‘Moments’) on a secondary digital marketplace. It’s like a stock
market for digital trading cards and it’s absolutely crushing it. The
Oh, NBA Top Shot is still in Beta and only growing by word-of-mouth.
How it works: Before your crypto-loving cousin
confuses you, let’s break this down.
Put simply, Top Shot lets sports fans and players own the actual highlight
through what’s called a ‘Non-Fungible Token’ or NFT (we know, technologists
really shouldn’t name their creations). This thing runs on Flow blockchain.
Yes, but what does that mean?
NFTs represent unique and limited digital assets. In this case, that asset
could be a James Harden step-back or a Damian Lillard game-winner.
What determines a Moment's value? It’s quite
simple. Value comes down to:
The player - future Hall of Famers and young guys with huge
potential are worth the most
Scarcity - Moments with fewer editions are generally worth more
The serial number - closer to #1, the better
The series number - closer to #1, the better
Of course, the other aspect is the adoption rate of NBA Top Shot itself. As
more money flows in, more outsiders start to take notice and the perceived
value rises. This reflexivity creates a nice little phenomenon called a
positive feedback loop that then helps drive a rise in the general market
Zoom out: The same concept can apply to other
sports. Imagine owning the rights to a Patrick Mahomes touchdown, a Naomi
Osaka winner, or a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick.
Sometime in the near future, you’ll be able to. You may just have to trade
in a few Bitcoin for it.
Other than Kentucky, the Blue Bloods have figured it out. UNC and Kansas are
likely in the NCAA Tournament, and Duke has officially moved to Joe
Lunardi’s ‘First 4 Out’ designation.
(11-8) Duke 85 vs.
(13-7) Syracuse 71
Coach K has the Blue Devils peaking at the right time, winning their
last four games. In a down ACC, look for Duke to make a run in the
(15-6) Oklahoma State 74 vs. (14-8) #18 Texas Tech 69
Projected number one pick Cade Cunningham (20 pts, 5 reb) outplayed
Mac McClung (17 pts, 2 reb) by just enough for OK State to pull out
Tough bet: (20-1) Winthrop
Eagles 71 vs. (8-13) High Point
Why are we including this game? Because Sprint team member Ryan is a
proud Panther, the betting line was Winthrop by 9, and High Point
scored a ridiculous layup with less than a second left to flip the
Italian Serie A
(45 pts) Juventus 3 vs.
(12 pts) Crotone 0
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2 goals reignited Juventus’ title bid. Juve is
now down just 8 points to 1st-place Inter Milan and 4 points to
2nd-place AC Milan.
(11-4-1) Tampa Bay Lightning 4 vs. (12-4-1) Carolina Hurricanes 2
The Lightning won the third period, scoring two goals to break the
tie. Goalie Andrei Vasilevsky took home the three stars with 34
Champions League - Round of 16 (First leg)
Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea - 3:00 ET on CBSSN
Bayern Munich vs. Lazio - 3:00 ET on CBS All Access
Boston Celtics (15-15) vs. Dallas Mavericks (13-15) - 7:30 ET on TNT
Portland Trail Blazers (18-11) vs. Denver Nuggets (16-14) - 10:00 ET on TNT
#17 Kansas (17-7) vs. #14 Texas (13-6) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
#5 Illinois (16-5) vs. Michigan State (11-9) - 7:00 ET on FS1
Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-1) vs. Washington Capitals (9-5-3) - 7:00 ET on
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