Ted Leonsis Rumors

In October, three Arena Football League teams ceased operations and two other teams joined a competing indoor football league in a matter of days, shrinking the AFL from nine teams to four. While the shake-up prompted questions about whether the Ted Leonsis-owned expansion franchise Washington Valor would ever play a game, the Monumental Sports & Entertainment chief executive doubled down on the future of the league by acquiring a second AFL team in Baltimore. The as-yet-unnamed franchise, which was announced Monday, will begin play along with the Valor in the spring 2017 and play its home games at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena.
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His “free agent” comment aside, Leonsis made it clear he is not actively seeking to leave downtown D.C., an area that has grown up around the franchises into a thriving, inner-city entertainment and shopping district. But neither would Leonsis commit to keeping the teams there. “In terms of the Verizon Center, I’m being sincere: There’s been no discussions of would we look to move,” he said. “Have we talked to Virginia? We have not. Have we talked to Maryland? We have not. I would never do that. My goal would be stay where we are or stay within the city.”
Taming e-sports without dampening the tremendous energy of the community will be a challenge. And it’s not clear that e-sports, without outside investment from traditional media and entertainment entities, would be up to it. “It’s endemic,” Leonsis said of the toxicity. “Anonymity drives a lot of people’s courage. And in the gaming industry, that community needs to do a better job of policing itself without coming off like it’s establishment.”
Storyline: eSports

NBA close to $250 million data deal with Sportradar

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Sportradar AG, a sports data company whose clients include global bookmakers, last year took on three high-profile investors with one thing in common: All own NBA teams. The Swiss company hoped Mark Cuban, Michael Jordan and Ted Leonsis could help with its expansion into the U.S., where sports betting — if legalized — could be a multi-billion-dollar industry. So far, it seems to be working. Sportradar and data analytics firm Second Spectrum are said to be close to a six-year, $250 million contract with the NBA, according to people familiar with the negotiations.