The Canadian Elite Basketball League(CEBL) is hopping on the crypto train. In a recent announcement, the league has revealed that going forward its players will have the option to be paid in Bitcoin. The decision will make CEBL the first North American professional sports league to adopt Bitcoin for salary payments.
The latest decision from the league follows reports of its partnership with Bitbuy, one of Canada’s leading crypto trading platforms. With assistance from Bitbuy, the league will have the facility to compensate a portion of its player salaries in Bitcoin.
While CEBL is a relatively smaller league with only six teams competing in the upcoming third season, the importance of its decision cannot be undermined. Players opting for the offer will be paid a part of their salary in Bitcoin using Bitbuy to convert the amount from Canadian dollars.
For its part, the CEBL credits its players for adopting crypto payments for salaries. And the league’s members aren’t the only athletes asking to be paid in BTC. The sports world has seen an increased number of professionals demanding a portion, or their entire salaries in Bitcoin. For instance, Russell Okung, a professional NFL player made headlines when he became the first North American Sports personality to receive half of his contract salary in the primary cryptocurrency.