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.”
In yet another change at the top for broadcast networks, Charlie Collier, president of AMC Networks for ten years, is moving to Fox. Collier has been named chief executive of entertainment, replacing co-chief executive of the Fox Television Group, Gary Newman, who had planned to stay in the job only through this television season. The […]
A week after it canceled Marvel’s Iron Fist, it was revealed Netflix is not bringing Luke Cage back for a third season. Deadline attributes the decision to creative differences and high costs. The streamer also canceled All About the Washingtons after one season; the autobiographical family comedy starred Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and Justine Simmons.
Nov. 4 will see the return of one of the world’s biggest single day sporting events, the TCS New York City Marathon. In addition to being a massive participation event with a global audience, the Marathon has become one of the biggest focal points in the growing field of cause marketing. Harrie Bakst, co-founder of […]
The National Football League is already gearing up to celebrate its 100th season in 2019 with a year-long series of “NFL 100” events, initiatives and programming centered around fans, players and communities. A special “NFL 100” logo has been unveiled and will be prominently displayed throughout the season – during celebrations on the field, in […]
The restructuring of CBS Corp’s executive suite, following the departure of longtime CEO Les Moonves, took a major step forward on Thursday, with President and interim CEO Joe Ianniello naming David Nevins as Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corporation, effective immediately. Nevins was also promoted to Chairman of Showtime Networks Inc., and will remain as the […]