Blizzard Entertainment made its reveal of the Overwatch League at BlizzCon over the weekend, announcing plans to serve up “a world-class, sports ecosystem for professional Overwatch competition” that echoes other sports leagues and focused on long-term stability for teams. The inaugural season will debut in 2017 and include a combine, where eligible players will be invited to try out for teams and anyone picked up by a team during the signing period will be guaranteed a contract that includes a baseline minimum salary and benefits package. Overwatch League teams will represent major cities from different regions (with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Rams owner Stan Kroenke at the event to watch the Overwatch World Cup this weekend. Potential owners?). Team announcements and additional Overwatch League information will be shared in the coming months. “The Overwatch League represents not only the pinnacle of Overwatch competition, but also a genuine career opportunity for the most skilled Overwatch players,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re building a league that’s accessible to players and fans, sustainable, and exciting for everyone involved.”
E! has opted not to renew The Royals. However, according to Deadline, the network’s only remaining scripted series is being shopped by its leading producing studio, Lionsgate TV, and talks are underway with Pop for a possible fifth season pickup.
HGTV picked up a second season of Boise Boys. The series delivered solid ratings in its freshman run, helping the network consistently rank as the #1 cable network among upscale women 25-54 in its Thursday 11p timeslot.
Big changes ahead for the Davis Cup. The ITF AGM today voted in favor of reforms to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas designed to “secure the long-term status of the competition.” Starting next year, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week long season finale to crown […]
The quest for the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is literally getting animated, courtesy of a partnership between ESPN and Marvel that sees the launch of four comic book covers that feature school mascots facing off over Labor Day weekend. This will mark the fifth consecutive year that the two companies have teamed up […]
USA Network is not picking up Shooter for a fourth season. Currently in season three, the drama is averaging 471,000 viewers A18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers in Live+3 Nielsens. The show, based on the novel Point of Impact, has had its challenges, including a delayed debut prompted by real-life shootings, and a shortened second […]