Thursday, September 28, 2023

Global impact of a Bitcoin soccer club: Decentralize with Cointelegraph

This week’s episode of the Decentralize with Cointelegraph podcast takes a deep dive into Bitcoin (BTC) in Bedford. A Bitcoiner from the English city close to London is popping heads and elevating his city’s profile after shopping for his native soccer membership, Real Bedford.

Peter McCormack, who took the No. 38 spot on Cointelegraph’s 2023 Top 100, hosts a Bitcoin podcast and is an avid soccer fan. At the beginning of the soccer season in August 2022, he instructed Cointelegraph that successful the league would put Bedford on the Bitcoin map.

Cointelegraph’s Joe Hall pitchside with Peter McCormack.

Nine months on, Real Bedford has fulfilled that promise. It won the United Kingdom’s South Midlands League and was promoted. However, has the transfer from the Bitcoin soccer membership galvanized the locals or simply grated on them? And how does operating it work on the bottom?

Cointelegraph traveled to Real Bedford’s ultimate dwelling recreation of the season to interview followers, locals and Bitcoin advocates from all over the world to grasp the whys and hows of the Bitcoin soccer membership. From the membership’s commentator to a Liberal Democrat councillor to well-known Bitcoin advocate Jeff Booth, this week’s podcast takes listeners on a whistlestop tour of Bedford.

Cointelegraph speaks with locals within the Bedford city middle. 

An underdog story that explores themes of competitors, group and Bitcoin consciousness within the United Kingdom, it’s clear that Real Bedford has taken the Bitcoin group by storm.

Cointelegraph additionally caught up with McCormack pitchside throughout his What Bitcoin Did podcast reside occasion to quibble about whether or not he was pursuing a private ardour undertaking or the stakes had been better.

Moreover, with the worth per Bitcoin nonetheless wallowing under $30,000, the manufacturing seeks to focus on that there’s greater than a speculative streak to the world’s largest cryptocurrency. McCormack defined:

“I think the thing about Bitcoin now is it’s not about Bitcoin. It’s Nostr, it’s Bitcoin, it’s mainstream media lies, it is poor governance and regulation.”

It’s not about “I’m going to get Bedford to buy Bitcoin,” he continued. He needs to watch out in curating the membership’s picture within the city,  and the Real Bedford web site even has a weblog publish titled “Why you shouldn’t buy Bitcoin.”

The headline, nevertheless, is that this lower-league soccer crew seems to be evolving into a bastion for Bitcoin adoption within the United Kingdom — take heed to the Decentralize with Cointelegraph podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or your favourite platform to find out how.