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Sources: Comcast Spectacor Buys Overwatch League Teams For Philadelphia

Blizzard Entertainment has "sealed the deal with Comcast Spectacor" to own the Overwatch League franchise based in Philadelphia, according to sources cited by Jacob Wolf of ESPN.com. The deal with Comcast Spectacor, which also own the Flyers, is for $20M and comes as the company also finalized its deal for a team in Houston. A source said that Blizzard is "currently pursuing" Bucks co-Owner Wes Edens -- who is "likely to participate -- and has offered him a slot with Chicago on the table, but no deal has been finalized and the location is subject to change." Regardless of location, Edens' team will be "operated by his esports franchise, FlyQuest." Owners of OWL franchises will "need to create new brands." But sources said that the names for the geolocated brands have "not yet been determined." Sources said that Blizzard has "now recruited 13 teams, with 14 to be the total number for Season 1" (ESPN.com, 9/13).
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