By Arslan Ubul, PSO Asst. Research Analyst
Jan 03, 2021

2020 was an unprecedented year for many, but this article focuses on the rare fascinating facts, monumental milestones, and remarkable records that occurred during this unique year in sports. While COVID-19 and Kobe Bryant’s death brought some tragic stories that defined the start of the 2020’s, the MLB, NBA, and NFL all bounced back and records started getting broken on a regular basis once they returned.

Here are the 20 most interesting sports facts to know from 2020:

No surprise, Covid-19 was the story of 2020, and the sports world was hit with a boom.

2020 shocked the sports world with the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

With all the negative events of 2020, Kim Ng and Becky Hammon brightened the year by breaking boundaries for all females in sports. 

Year after year, LeBron refuses to give into father time, and he heads into 2021 with a full head of steam to repeat as the best player in the sport still.

In his young career, Patrick Mahomes is already on pace to be one of the greatest QBs of all-time.

LA Dodgers overcame the tough year behind star Clayton Kershaw to win the World Series.

The New England Patriots were one of the most dominant dynasties of the 21st century, but Bill Belichick’s reign ended abruptly in 2020 with the departure of Tom Brady.

Even though the pandemic decimated revenues around sports, some athletes still signed record-breaking deals as owners expect profits to go back up after the vaccine is widely distributed. 

With all the pro sports leagues being postponed, they came back in bunches and made history on September 10th.

The NBA bubble was better than anyone thought it would be, and two new stars emerged under the bright lights in a historic 7-game series.

Luka Doncic has already earned much respect in the basketball world in only his 2nd year, proving that he was well worth the high draft pick.

Tampa Bay made their AL championship run with some historic performances.

And Randy Arozarena broke out in the postseason with one of the all-time MLB playoff performances. 

LeBron’s throne was finally challenged this season by Giannis, as the Greek Freak broke some unseen records and solidified himself as the best regular-season player in the game right now.

Chargers took a gamble on Justin Herbert early, and it’s paying off big time, as he had a historic rookie season.

The resumption of sports gave LA fans two things to celebrate in the month of October.

Kobe, Tim Duncan, and KG combined for the most legendary HOF class ever.

The greatest executive of all-time, Theo Epstein, walked away from the team he built a World contender for to end a historic title drought.

Travis Kelce had the greatest season for a TE of all-time in 2020.

With no fans in the stands, NBA teams were feeling it from distance more than ever before. 

The NFC East in 2020 will go down as the worst division ever. 



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