With SBC Digital Summit North America entering its final day, SportCaller Managing Director Cillian Barry writes for SBC Americas about some of the findings from their Industry Insider F2P game, with over a quarter of delegates sceptical about the NBA season going ahead as planned.

As the igaming sector finds itself stuck between the regulatory rocks and a hard case of COVID-19, summits like SBC Digital Summit North America continue to grant us the fastest path out of the maze. Assembling the sharpest minds in the business for a timely discussion that can challenge and change strategies for the better with our combined insights always makes for a welcome event. 

After all, even the best ideas are of no universal benefit without a platform to voice them. Which is why, having attended your conference tracks of choice, it’s been a pleasant surprise to pull up a stool at the Networking Bar and find so many friendly and thoughtful people staying on late to debate the merits over a virtual glass or two.  

With similar intent, SportCaller chose this moment to roll out our inaugural Industry Insider F2P game, asking a topical ten questions of any SBC Digital Summit North America delegate around some of the hot potatoes currently being tossed around North America’s unfolding sportsbook scene. It’s a bit of quick-fire fun that could set you on the hedonistic treadmill towards that new iPad Pro you promised your partner you could do without. 

However, just a few days into the conference, it’s also been fascinating to analyse the early responses and see which way the cognitive tide is running in the thoughts of some industry leaders.

The start of the NBA season – Scheduled to commence on 30th July, a surprising 27% of Industry Insider players still don’t think the season will go ahead as planned. With COVID-19 cases alarmingly escalating in Florida, is the NBA’s Disney World bubble about to burst? 

2020 US Presidential Election – A mere 26% of players believe Donald Trump will retain POTUS status after November’s election. While the betting markets are also favouring Joe Biden and the Democrats, five Industry Insider players reckon Kanye West might steal the mic and the Oval Office from them both. If he can do it to Taylor Swift…

The DraftKings share price on 31st August – A majority of players, some 50% of the total pool, reckon the rampant DraftKings share price is set to stabilise around the $30-40 band. Perhaps that recent 53-page report from Redburn has tempered market enthusiasm.

Tom Brady’s debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Only 0.5% of Industry Insider players believe Brady will fail to find the end zone for a passing touchdown in his first outing for the Bucs, whereas 25% think he will throw for three or more. It seems only greener pastures await the NFL’s GOAT. He was due a change of luck!

Next state to take an online sports bet – Despite BetRivers launching on 18th June in Illinois, only 43% of players predict that the Prairie State will take a bet ahead of Michigan and Tennessee. Do our shrewdies know something Illinois Governor Pritzker‘s doesn’t?

Collective wisdom, or the madness of crowds? We’ll let you be the judge. That said, as entries for the game have surged into triple digits, with a week still remaining before it closes, the jury remains out. If you haven’t played yet, it only takes a minute. Click here to have your say and you could be the one that wins the iPad Pro.