Boston Celtics Player Buys Pro Gaming Team
NBA's Jonas Jerebko pays an undisclosed sum to buy the Renegades.
Another athlete has made a play in the professional gaming space. ESPN reports that Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko paid an undisclosed sum to acquire the professional gaming team the Renegades.
He bought the rights to the team from former owner Christopher "Montecristo" Mykles. As part of the deal, he also gets the team's stake in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the WME | IMG Eleague and the ESL. Additionally, Jerebko will have the first right of refusal to negotiate new team contracts.
Members of the Renegades lived in Australia, but Jerebko moved them into a house/training center in Rochester, Michigan, also bringing on a coach and a team manager.
Before this deal, Jerebko built a Call of Duty pro team called Ground Zero. This squad will now operate under the Renegades banner; it will compete in this weekend's Call of Duty World League Championship.
Jerebko is just the latest professional athlete to get involved in professional gaming. Former NBA players Rick Fox bought the team Echo Fox in December 2015 and Shaquille O'Neal invested in the NRG Esports team earlier this year. MLB players Alex Rodriguez and Jimmy Rollins also invested in NRG Esports.