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Leagues embrace esports

Esports have come out of mom’s basement. Some leagues have capitalized on the coronavirus downtime more than others, though. Racing organizations from NASCAR to Indycar have been the biggest benefactors. According to the Associated Press, in the past month, over one million people have watched drivers from different circuits go head-to-head playing video games. ESPN has been airing a gaming tournament with brackets of NBA stars matching up on a virtual court. The network is already planning a tournament of H.O.R.S.E. Even March Madness has had a cyber twist. Many in Wisconsin are printing apparel celebrating the Badgers being named national champs in men’s basketball by an ESPN computer simulation.

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