Mikhail Prokhorov Rumors
The Nets parent company, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday that ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will bring the East Coast’s largest esports tournament to Barclays Center in October. ESports are online video game competitions. Now, as esports grows, big tournaments will be conducted live in large venues like Barclays. Barclays Center will play host to a US$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, with more games joining the tournament’s lineup to be announced in the coming weeks. Esports has become a top priority for BS&E, Mikhail Prokhorov’s “mother ship” for sports and entertainment, particularly CEO Brett Yormark.
Mikhail Prokhorov’s Moscow-based spokesperson, Ellen Pinchuk, has reiterated the Nets owner’s position that he intends to hang on the team. “He has no plans to sell the team.” Pinchuk told the Post’s Page Six.
Other league sources say that both Prokhorov and his CEO, Dmitry Razumov, remain convinced they can turn the team around. Rumors of his intention to sell have risen and fallen over the last year. Prokhorov has said he’s willing to sell a piece of the team and arena, but there’s no indication of any active discussions. Prokhorov bought the remaining share of the team (20 percent) and Barclays Center (55 percent) as well as an 85 percent share in Nassau Coliseum from Bruce Ratner just before Christmas.
“I’d like to extend a personal welcome to Kenny and wish all of us success as we begin a new era at the Brooklyn Nets. Aside from his tremendous skills and experience, he has the mindset we need to build a winning team day by day, step by step. Together, we can do great things,” said Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
Russia’s main domestic security agency has searched the offices of a company controlled by the billionaire owner of U.S. basketball team Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov. The Federal Security Service, the main KGB successor agency, said Friday the searches were part of a probe into alleged tax evasion. It added that the investigation is continuing.