The NFT sports world just got a little bit bigger. Major League Soccer, the top US pro soccer league, is launching four new NFTs in connection with two games this weekend. The artwork will be created in realtime by four street artists in a “battle series”, and streamed live on Bitski, where the NFTs will go on sale.
The NFTs will connect with matches between the Portland Timbers and the LA Galaxy, and the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United. MLS players have been a part of NFT drops before, but only through their players association. These will be the first league-approved NFTs.
Major League Soccer joins the party
MLS isn’t the first team to get in on NFTs. Many National Hockey League players have leant their names to drops, as well as the New Jersey Devils. Perhaps most famously, the NBA partnered with Topps for Top Shots NFT cards. With this MLS news, it appears the NFL is the only major American sports league to hold back.
Perhaps anticipating criticism for minting on an Etehereum-based blockchain, the MLS also announced an environmental angle. They are partnering with Aerial.is to balance out the carbon impact of their NFTs.
Even more NFT perks available
MLS isn’t just selling the four “battle series” NFTs. There will also be an unlimited number of NFTs posters available during a short window during the games. This kind of “time and place” NFTs are fairly rare, but create a sense of community among the participants, since ou can only have one if you showed up.
The first of the drops takes place this Saturday, May 22, and can be purchased via credit card or Ethereum.