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Philadelphia Union MLS Watch Parties and Fan Club Events for PHI

Philadelphia is known as the “City of Brotherly Love” and that is the perfect way to describe Philadelphia Sports fans. No fanbase loves their teams like Philadelphians do. In Philly, the fans are brutally honest and aggressive but never shy away for their love for their team. Philly sports fans are arguably some of the most notorious fans in the country in regards to some of their passionate displays to support their teams. The portrayal of Philadelphia sports fans can be exaggerated due to the small number of fans that can seem brutal. However, most Philadelphia fans are very passionate and respectful. Although the MLS has only been present in Philadelphia for ten years, there has been incredible growth in the viewership of Philadelphia’s own MLS team, the Philadelphia Union. Since the Union played their first season in the MLS in 2010, they have made the MLS playoffs five times and won their first playoff game in the 2019 season. The Union beat the New York Red Bulls in the first round of the MLS cup playoffs before losing to the Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In preparation for the 2020 season, the Union fans are ready to unite as the Union are looking to make another strong push towards the MLS Cup.

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Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for LAG

Coming off a season that ended at the Western Conference Semifinals, the Los Angeles Galaxy was gearing up to make another legitimate run at the MLS Cup trophy. Unfortunately the season needed to be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. In the 2020 MLS season, the Galaxy only played two games in which they lost one and tied one. It seems like every year the LA Galaxy make a solid push towards the playoffs due to the dominating and winning culture that was instilled once David Beckham came to Los Angeles. David Beckham, a former British professional soccer player and former player on the LA Galaxy, made himself the face of the MLS and exceeded the level of play for the LA Galaxy. During Beckhams’ six year tenure, the Galaxy won two MLS cup championships. The Galaxy have won five MLS cubs in a span of twenty five years, making them the team with the most championships in the league.  In addition to this franchise being one of the most prominent in the MLS, they also have unique fans that live and die for the LA Galaxy. 

LA Galaxy fans color the stadium in blue and gold as they cheer for their Galaxy
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Dallas Stars Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for DAL

Due to their location in the heart of Texas, or the big D, the Dallas Stars have many fans, considering Dallas is one of the largest cities in the country with many die-hard sports fans. In Dallas, although many people think of it as a football town, there are several hockey fans that live and die for their hometown Dallas Stars. The Stars bring together many fans to watch their games due to the phenomenal history as the Minnesota North Stars (1967-1993), especially in the late 1990’s. Within that decade, the Stars won 2 conference championships, as well as one NHL Stanley Cup championship in the 1998 season. 

Dallas Stars fans join in the celebration after a big goal
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Live Sports to Watch on TV that are not Cancelled

Last updated: May 31, 2020

FanWide is compiling a list of live sports which have not been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  FanWide is America’s largest sports viewing and if you are a sports fan or bar, this list will guide you on what to watch and where.

Please contact FanWide to add a televised or streamed sporting event which we missed.

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Detroit Red Wings Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for DET

The midwest lives and dies for the ice and the puck, and especially in the great lake state. In Detroit, there is an unwavering amount of Detroit Red Wings fans, largely due to their great organization’s history. The Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cup Finals Wins, which is the third most out of any team in the NHL. The Red Wings won their first in 1936, and most recently in 2008. To feel immersed in the Detroit Red Wings’ there are many ways to stay connected. These ways include going to the game, going to a watch party or being a part of fan clubs or following fanpage accounts. The most well-known fan page accounts are redwings._.fans and redwingsfanclub.

Detroit Red Wings players celebrating as they have just won the 2008 Stanley

 

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Oakland Athletics (A’s) MLB Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for OAK

The Oakland Athletics have fostered a culture built by former general manager, Billy Beane. Starting in 2000, Billy Beane used mathematics, pure statistics of a players’ on-base percentage, and other metrics that will be discussed later, in order to allocate the money efficiently towards “cheaper players”. Moneyball, a film made in 2011, illustrates the magnificence and brilliance Beane and the Oakland Athletics management had in building a roster in the early 2000’s. Beane used mathematical metrics like a pitcher’s ERA in order to build a team. According to fictional character Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who played a role as Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt) right hand man in the movie Moneyball, said that the Oakland Athletics we’re a team that were a team that were like: “an island of misfit toys”. Although he is no longer the general manager, Beane remains an executive with the Oakland Athletics and is trying to revitalize the team. 

The Oakland Athletics are in discussions of potentially moving to Jack London Square by building a new ballpark that would create a more modern, and replenished atmosphere. Also, the A’s will be working around and building a young, but fiesty roster. All A’s fans need to be patient, because only good baseball is in the Athletics’ future.

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Cincinnati Reds MLB Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for CIN

The MLB would be in a much different place if it were not for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are the first team to ever be established by professional baseball. The Reds were established as the Cincinnati Red Stockings and played their first game in 1869 against the Great Westerns of Cincinnati. The Red Stockings did not lose their first game until the 131st game played on June 14, 1870. In 1876, Cincinnati was adopted into the National League. In 1880,  The Reds were expelled from the National League for 10 years for selling beer at games. So for 10 years, the Reds were a part of the American League. 150 years later, Cincinnati is still a baseball town and the Cincinnati fans are loyal to their Reds like its family. Today, the Reds are striving to rejuvenate the winning culture in Cincinnati. In Cincinnati, everyone bleeds red and black. 

In 2010, Cincinnati Reds fans had the opportunity to receive autographs and take pictures with Cincinnati Reds players and legends.
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How Legalization Of Sports Betting Affects Game Viewership​ ​And Fan Engagement In The US

Throughout history the popularity of sports betting has frequently been associated with wider interest in a given sport itself, so it is no surprise that in the age of online bookmakers this correlation continues to exist.

Of course the sticky issue of the legality of sports betting on a region-by-region basis does make this matter a little more complex, so here is a rundown of how things are shaping up in terms of viewership and fan engagement across the US and North America as a whole.

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Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for PIT

Other than being known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is a city where everyone bleeds black and yellow. In fact, only black and yellow. The unique part of Pittsburgh sports, is that all professional teams wear black and yellow: The Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates, along with the other Pittsburgh professional teams, have a lot of history. The Pirates are tied in seventh place for the most World Series wins. They won 5 World Series. They won in 1909,1925,1960,1971, and 1979. The Pirates were one of the first teams to ever be established, in fact they played in the first World Series (1903). Even though the Pirates are coming off of a not-so-good season, Pirates fans have a lot of hope in the Pirates’ future although there has been a four year playoff drought. The Pirates have a very good chance of surprising many people next season. The Pirates were going through cycles of mediocrity, so owner Robert Nutting fire the general manager, manager, pitching coach, and team president. Nutting wanted a change and understands that with a new culture, and a winning atmosphere, the Pirates can be rejuvenated into the Pittsburgh’s winning culture.

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Baltimore Orioles MLB Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for BAL

A Minor League franchise that was established in 1894 named the Milwaukee Brewers would eventually become the Baltimore Orioles in 1901 during the inception of the American League. The Orioles have a special blueprint behind their playing. They have won three World Series and have several members of the National Baseball League Hall of Fame. The most notable player that ever played for the Baltimore Orioles would unanimously be Cal Ripken Jr. Jr., otherwise known as the Iron Man: a 19-time all star, 9-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and a 2-time Golden Glove award winner.

Although this team is coming off of two not-so-good seasons, the Baltimore Orioles are a team to watch in the near future. Considering the Orioles have had two consecutive seasons with losing records, their farm system is developing strongly. Orioles fans are currently frustrated, but maintain optimism as they are building a team around younger,  future core-players. Last season, Manny Machado, a star-player, and seemingly the future of the Orioles franchise was traded in a blockbuster deal. On July 18th, 2018, The 26 year-old, center of the franchise, star Manny Machado was traded in exchange for five players. Baltimore’s management felt that this move was “transformative, offering both quality and depth to a system in need of both.” In exchange for this trade, Orioles fans suffered one and a half years of losing, but the future is bright.