Bitcoin Revolution Reaching Everywhere, From South African President Inauguration to NFL
- The virus is spreading: Bitcoin socks gaining adoption
- NFL’s love affair with Bitcoin is rising
- More and more people want to be paid in Bitcoin & crypto
Just two weeks back, the love affair between the National Football League (NFL) and Bitcoin started and now more and more players of the team want to be paid in BTC.
This began when Russell Okung, who plays offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers took to Twitter to demand, “Pay me in Bitcoin” on May 13. Since then, this relationship has only blossomed.
“How dope would it be to see a ESPN headline with an athlete being paid in BTC?” not long after wanting to be paid in BTC Tweet wondered Okung.
Well, it didn’t just end there, he not only learned about Bitcoin but is working on gaining deep knowledge of this market by communicating with the cryptocurrency community with questions like, “What does everyone trade $BTC on?,” “Any recommended reading to learn more about $BTC? I’m all ears,” “Now reading up on BTC forks. Thoughts anyone?” “Just followed and purchased @saifedean book. Long $BTC.”
“I’m part of the revolution. Long $BTC, short the bankers.”
A couple of players are hitting me up about Bitcoin. Yes, I’m serious!
Welcome to the future. pic.twitter.com/Y0ht2dGkGh
— 🙏🏾 (@RussellOkung) May 25, 2019
“Bitcoin has changed the way I look at the world.”
The day after Okung’s original tweet, Bitcoin proponent and Morgan Creek’s Anthony Pompliano posted that NFL Quarterback, Matt Barkley tried to get two of the previous teams to pay him in Bitcoin but with no success.
NFL Quarterback @MattBarkley tried to get the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals to each pay his contracts in Bitcoin.
Neither would do it.
Matt is just one of many Bitcoiners that are playing in the NFL on Sundays 🔥🔥
— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) May 14, 2019
Okung talking to his team member about BTC is actually more than just a passing discussion as he is also the Vice President of the NFL Players Association, a body that represents and protects the rights of the players. So, it is possible in the future the players of NFL would be paid in BTC as if anyone can push for this, it should be him.
Given the volatility of cryptocurrencies, one could say why would someone want to be paid in Bitcoin. However, despite this obvious concern, this mode of payment is quite common and working for many as revealed by Kraken exchange.
We respect the quest for sound money but @PeterSchiff is wrong when he says "there is no way that people are going to work for salaries paid in bitcoin". Kraken paid 250 salaries in bitcoin in April and more employees are opting for crypto every month. https://t.co/OZuh4gcbfw
— Kraken Exchange (@krakenfx) May 23, 2019
Kraken, one of the 10 cryptocurrency exchanges that have real Bitcoin spot volume further shared on Twitter, “By the way, the employee who took 100% bitcoin in 2012 retired in 2013.”
— 𝕋𝕙𝕖 ℂ𝕣𝕪𝕡𝕋𝕠𝕖 𝕄𝕒𝕟 🧦 (@CrypToe_Man) February 9, 2019
CNBC Crypto Trader host, Ran NeuNer took to Twitter to share how the son of newly inaugurated South African president Cyril Ramaphosa wore Bitcoin socks to his dad’s big day.
— Ran NeuNer (@cryptomanran) May 25, 2019
A report from February 2019 has South Africa ranked as the top country for ownership. Per the survey, 10.7 percent of internet users own the cryptocurrency which came at a time when monetary authorities asked the public to make a submission on policy and regulatory proposal for cryptocurrencies.
All these events prove one thing: The Bitcoin virus is spreading!