After tweeting his demand to be paid in BTC back in May 2019, Russell Okung of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers becomes the first athlete from any major North-American sports league to be paid in Bitcoin (BTC) – a popular crypto-currency. The price of BTC has risen some 273% since Okung’s Tweet.
Okung’s $13 million annual salary is being split fifty-fifty between the bitcoin cryptocurrency and fiat (bank-based currency).
Technically – Okung is still being paid in regular US Dollars/Fiat, however crypto-company “Strike” receives a direct deposit from the Carolina Panthers, and then swaps dollars for Bitcoin via the Lightning network (a secondary system for sending bitcoin in a cheaper and faster manner than using the Bitcoin network itself), and after that the funds go into cold-storage for safety.
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