Quote of the Day

"All of the commercial opportunities that exist in professional sports are opportunities that are available to us. Plus you have virtual items. You have over-the-top advertising opportunities that wouldn't exist in traditional sports."
-- Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, on the Overwatch League, which debuted last night. ("Fast Money," CNBC, 1/10)
Thursday January 11, 2018 Vol. 24 — No. 86 Print This Issue

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  • Welcome To The Show

    Blizzard Arena sold out tickets for opening night of the Overwatch League in Burbank

    The first attempt to present esports "within a traditional North American sports structure" debuted last night with the inaugural season of the Overwatch League (OWL), and if the esports industry is "still in its adolescence, this well-funded venture is a significant milestone in its maturation," according to Greg Beacham of the AP. The league is "about to find out whether fans will grow along with it." Immortals President & COO Ari Segal, who runs OWL franchise L.A. Valiant, said, "It's a new frontier. It is the biggest, boldest bet in sports and entertainment maybe since the NFL and AFL merged." Overwatch's developer, Blizzard Entertainment, in the fall of '16  announced plans for a league "backed by deep-pocketed ...

  • Storm Chaser

    Hurricanes sale to Thomas Dundon ushers in new era for franchise.

  • Eastern Promises

    Seahawks, Eagles among new teams headed to London in '18.

  • Fancy Footwork

    Novak Djokovic signs with Asics ahead of Australian Open.

  • Northern Exposure

    Raptors President Masai Ujiri calls team's lack of national U.S. broadcasts "BS."

  • Where's The Beef?

    Jay Bruce's deal with the Mets is the latest sign teams are winning the MLB offseason.

  • The Way Of The Gun

    TMS bringing back Victory Lane celebration after skipping last year after mass shooting.

  • Mother-Son Bonding

    The Bulls break new ground by inviting players' mothers to N.Y. for road trip.

  • Going Old School

    G'Town promoting upcoming game with phone-free seating section.

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