Taiwan’s CPBL baseball league opens its stadiums to live fans; professional baseball and soccer leagues around the globe set their eyes on Summer 2020; and ONE Championship announces a host of new global brand partnerships. For these stories and more, check out the Red Phoenix Global Sports Update:

Taiwan’s CPBL Opens Stadiums to Fans; Games Sold Out as Another Milestone is Passed

Last weekend, the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) became the first major sports league in the world to currently play in front of live fans. Although there were several restrictions, such as a limit of one thousand fans and no concession stands, this marks a huge step forward as the sports world tries to return to normal.

Dodgers’ Mookie Betts Celebrates Korean Baseball

On May 5th, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) started up its 2020 season. While fans are not yet allowed to attend games, the return of live baseball has people around the world excited, including MLB star outfielder, Mookie Betts, who launched a social media campaign to celebrate Korea and its star KBO players.

Premier League Gets Boost as UK Government Sets June 1st Start Date

The British Government has announced they would allow Premier League matches starting as soon as June 1st. If the EPL can come up with a plan that its clubs can agree on, it will be the second major soccer league to resume play as the Bundesliga also starts this weekend. Both leagues will be playing behind closed doors for the foreseeable future.

ONE Championship Announces New Partnerships with Leading Global Brands

One Championship, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts property, has announced new partnerships with Xiaomi, HP, Intel and Logitech. These partnerships include ONE Championship’s martial arts and Esports platforms, as well as ONE Studios.

MLB Owners Approve Plan to Start Season in July

Major League Baseball (MLB) owners have finalized a plan that may allow the 2020 season to start on Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. All the proposed ideas would need to be agreed upon by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Japan’s Professional Baseball Season May Start in June

Japan’s professional baseball league is hoping to start the season in the second half of June. The owners of the nation’s 12 professional teams agreed to create guidelines on measures to ensure the health and safety of players and staff.

China is building a $1.7 Billion Soccer Stadium that is Shaped Like a Lotus and Will Seat 100,000 People Amid a Pandemic

China has begun construction on a massive lotus-shaped stadium in the Guangdong providence. It is expected to be able to seat 100,000 people which would surpass the capacity of the legendary Camp Nou in Barcelona. The project is expected to cost somewhere around $1.7 billion.

Ironman Virtual Racing Success Creates Value for Sponsors

Wanda Sports Group’s “Ironman”  launched its digital racing program in early April. Ironman succeeded in building a community of users, as well as building relationships with advertisers through its app. The program allows advertisers to engage users in new ways, such as offering discounts for reaching certain goals and by inviting users to participate in sweepstakes.