Tim de Leede a former Dutch cricketer decided to be involved in an intriguing tech project that seeks to unite all sports fans under a unique sectoral token. By doing so, he joins Professor George Giaglis, a world-renowned digital currency expert who has established an academic course, the first of this kind in this field, which recently announced his support for the project.
De leede had a long One Day International career of 11 years for the Dutch national team. A right-handed all-rounder, he played for the Netherlands at 1996, 2003, and 2007 World Cups. After his retirement in 2007 he started a coaching career and in 2015 was appointed as the head coach of the France national cricket team. His son Bas (18) continued his path and made his debut for the Netherlands a few months ago.
The venture that had won the athlete’s attention is SportCo, which possesses sports fans community platforms (websites, apps, social media channels). Sportco also enjoys the support of renowned Blockchain professor, George Giaglis, who is involved with Blockchain since 2011, and is one of the pioneers in the field. Giaglis is the scientific coordinator of the world’s first Massive open online course on crypto-currencies and the first academic degree on blockchains (MSc in Digital Currency, University of Nicosia).
Sportco recently announced its 500k readers, in a statement published on their websites, about a significant change in the way sports fans will play a role in the future of sports media – Blockchain-based algorithm would measure their readers’ involvement and reward them for any action they perform on the site.
Tim De Leede remained close to the field of sports after retiring and currently owns a sporting goods store. Tim expressed his support for the announcement on the company’s website: “This is a new era for sports fans. People watch sports not when it’s on but when they have time, and through platforms like Sportco they can share their views and read background information from sports lovers all around the world. Nowadays, we can’t watch or see any cricket here in western Europe. You can only watch cricket as a dedicated viewer as it is a Pay-Per-View, but kids who zap on the TV will never see it. Since that happened, cricket has become less popular and is virtually an unknown sport here. If Sportco becomes as popular as I think it can, it will make cricket more known and increase the numbers of kids playing.”
“Cricket fans are very passionate and in general have interesting opinions on cricketing matters If this can be combined with services like tickets, sports gear, etc. it surely will become a huge success” De Leede, added.