5 Factors Bringing Canadian Sports Closer to the Fans in 2021

Sports of all kinds have long since held an indomitable significance in Canada, but it is clear that the emphasis Canadians place on the world of sports is only going to continue to grow in the months and years to come. 

There are five factors that are bringing sports fans together as more people are watching sports or even attending them in person. And some of them are talking about the hottest sports-related topics from fashion faux pas to featuring hockey games in multiple languages and more. Let’s take a look at those factors that make Canadian sports very interesting to watch this year:

1. Online Sports Betting

Inarguably, the world of sports extends far beyond the football pitch or the tennis court — it is the atmosphere and incredible enthusiasm and passion felt on the sidelines, amongst lifelong fans, that represents the very lifeblood of the industry. 

Fans can indulge their love of sports in myriad ways, but very few bring them closer to the action than putting down a wager on their favourite and inserting themselves into the heart of the action as it unfolds. What makes online betting in Canada so special is that sports fans don’t have to go to a local casino to place bets. They can do that all from the comfort of home. With just a few clicks of a button, they can bet on who will win upcoming contests.

2. A Fashion Controversy Of Olympic Proportions

Whether you are for it or against it, being part of the conversation is what brings sports fans together. Such is the case when the clothing that the Canadian athletes will wear during the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo was revealed. It got to the point where some sports fans said ‘they wish it was a joke’. 

Canadian athletes will be donning jean jackets with graffiti that looks like a blast from the past. Some fans are outraged that it isn’t traditional sportswear, while others seem to like how it stands out from the crowd.  

3. Hockey Night In Canada Goes Multilingual

Aside from the English and French broadcasts, Hockey Night in Canada will be broadcasting two games in seven different languages. They include Arabic, Cantonese, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. This is intended to allow Canadians to listen and watch the game of hockey in their own, native language. 

Hockey is part of Canada’s culture. And what better way to share it with the many immigrants of the country than broadcast the sport in different languages. Two games were livestreamed on April 24 in these languages – the Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks vs the Ottawa Senators.

4. The Olympics Promises Summer Excitement

The Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are fast approaching and, as always, Canadian athletes will compete in various sports with the full support of the country behind them. If there is one country that is very supportive of its nation’s athlete’s, Canada is for sure the front-runner for being the most passionate. 

5. Creating new Opportunities for a Wider Variety of Sports

While, for many of us, thoughts of football, golf, and athletics will inevitably spring to mind when we think of sports, recent years have given way to a bubbling undercurrent of eSports — also known as competitive video gaming. This relatively new industry has already proven highly popular around the world, and countless spectators tune in to watch the action unfold between the industry’s champions. 

Now, this electronic sport is about to take on a new significance for Canadian fans. Plans to construct a futuristic eSports arena in Toronto are well underway, ensuring that the country is primed and ready for the future of competitive sports. 

The Canadian Sports Community Is Even Stronger

The Canadian sports fans is a close knit community. They can talk or watch sports as if it were a religion of some kind. With the sports world turning its sights on the latest events and developments for 2021, there is plenty for fans and players to get excited about.



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