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Jazz' Jonas Jerebko Doubles As Owner Of Esports Organization

Jerebko purchased the Renegades franchise in '16 after researching the esports market for over a year
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Jazz F Jonas Jerebko is the first active NBA player to own an esports organization, and while Jerebko "doesn’t have time to run the day-to-day operations" of his Detroit Renegades Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, he is "certainly engaged" with what his team is doing, according to Eric Woodyard of the DESERET NEWS. Jerebko said, “My focus is basketball, but every time there’s a big decision or new teams or players that need to be signed, we’ve got a group text together that we talk through. Other than that, I let my partners run the day-to-day stuff while I’m doing my thing over here.” After diligently "researching the esports market for more than a year," Jerebko decided to "purchase the Renegades franchise" on Aug. 30, 2016. He runs the organization "like any other professional sports team with a strong circle of business partners" such as COO Jeff Zajac, manager Chris Orfanellis and coach Aleksandar Trifunović. The CS:GO Renegades living in Michigan "aren’t Jerebko’s only gaming team," as he also "owns competitive teams in Paladins, Vainglory, Halo and Injustice 2 and is in talks to expand on other teams and games throughout the world." Jerebko: “Do I see it as a sport? Yeah, I see it as a sport. It’s a lot of team work and it’s a team game. Esports is competitive, and you need to be on top of your game to be the best in the world" (DESERET NEWS, 3/28).