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Prodigy Sports Announces First esports Executive Placement

Leading Boutique Agency Places First Director of Esports Position with Monumental Sports & Entertainment

(Freehold, New Jersey, August 15, 2017) – Prodigy Sports, one of North America’s leading search and recruitment firms solely dedicated to the multi-billion dollar business of sports, today announced the placement of Grant Paranjape as Director, Esports Team & Business Operations with Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE).

The landmark placement marks the first dedicated hire by Prodigy Sports within esports following their January announcement of a dedicated division. “As we launched into the esports world in January of this year, we are tremendously humbled by the trust of Monumental Sports & Entertainment to partner with us on this project,” said Prodigy Sports founder and CEO Scott Carmichael.

In addition to a first for Prodigy Sports, with this hire, MSE becomes one of the first ownership groups in the NBA to hire a full time director to oversee the management and growth of its NBA 2K operation. In addition to NBA 2K, MSE also owns a stake in esports organization Team Liquid, which this past weekend had the single most profitable day in the history of competitive gaming. In his new role with MSE, Paranjape will report directly to Zach Leonsis, SVP and General Manager of Monumental Sports Network, and will be responsible for building out the NBA 2K team while additionally exploring and building future esports related opportunities.

Paranjape comes to MSE from Splyce Inc., where he secured partner relationships, lead strategic business initiatives, and worked with team managers to create an industry leading experience for players across 11 titles.  He has previously worked with Skill-Capped.com to manage content creation by top esports players and Caerus Management as a research analyst.  Paranjape is a graduate of Tulane University, where he received both a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA.

“While esports is a fast-emerging business within the sports industry, identifying candidates who have both a knowledge of esports and also the ability to direct business strategies is a unique combination. While challenges do exist in this uncharted territory, we are proud to announce Prodigy’s first esports placement and a first for Monumental as well,” said Carmichael of Prodigy Sports.

Prodigy Sports has recently completed executive level searches for organizations ranging from the On Location Experiences, Boston Bruins, Miami Dolphins, New York Yankees, to SeatGeek, in which the esports practice will fit into the needs of both current and future clients, some of whom are entering the traditional sports space for the first time.

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), located in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates five professional sports teams: the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. The company just recently purchased an NBA G League development league team, is co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid, and also owns and operates Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also manages Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University’s campus.

In 2018, Monumental Sports & Entertainment will bring the Mystics and the G League team to a new state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena being built by Washington, D.C. and Events DC at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Ward 8.  The Wizards will also practice there.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment co-owns and operates Monumental Sports Network with the NBC Sports Group. Monumental Sports Network is the mid-Atlantic region’s top direct-to-consumer destination for exclusive fan experiences and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and OTT streaming devices.

About Prodigy Sports

With a staff that carries nearly 60 years of experience across multiple business segments, Prodigy Sports is a nationwide leader in senior-level executive search and recruitment. Prodigy Sports brings a personal touch to each search by adapting to the unique personality and culture of the client, knowing successful executive recruiting comes from thoroughly understanding the team culture, the intricacies of the sports business and the extensive professional qualifications and skills needed to fill a role. Founded in 2007, Prodigy Sports has grown into a nation-wide leader through the sports and entertainment industries.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For any additional questions regarding Prodigy Sports’ esports division, please contact Arin Segal at arin@prodigysports.net.

For further information regarding Prodigy Sports’ press relations, contact Megan Meisse at megan@prodigysports.net.

 

Prodigy Sports Announces First esports Executive Search

Prodigy Sports launches their first executive search within the esports industry on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment

(Freehold, New Jersey, April 26, 2017)  Prodigy Sports, one of the nation’s leading search and recruitment firms solely dedicated to the multibillion dollar business of sports, today announced that they have been retained by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) to lead its search for a new Director of esports Business & Team Operations. For Prodigy Sports, this search will be its first esports industry project following their announcement earlier in the year of a dedicated practice focused on esports.

MSE’s Director of esports Business & Team Operations will be based out of Washington, DC. The primary responsibility of this position is to direct the strategy and business initiatives for MSE’s overall esports business operations.

Reporting to the Vice President & General Manager, Monumental Sports Network, this position will also lead the business operations, revenue and marketing for all MSE’s esports’ properties. In working with other MSE staff, this role must have experience in working with competitive gaming products and integrating them into a larger brand marketing strategy and gaming experience as a player, coach or team manager.

“We are honored to be one of the first global firms to devote time, effort and manpower to matching opportunities and personnel in the esports industry and sincerely appreciate the trust that MSE has shown in our agency,” said Scott Carmichael, Founder & CEO at Prodigy Sports.

Qualified candidates should apply online via Prodigy’s website at www.prodigysports.net.  For any additional questions, please email arin@prodigysports.net

About Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (“MSE”) is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in North America with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports.   MSE owns and operates four professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, AFL’s Washington Valor and the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade, to start operations in the 2017 season and the anticipated acquisition of a D-League NBA Basketball team before the 2018-19 season.

Additionally, MSE owns Team Liquid, one of the leading e-sports teams in the industry. The company also owns and operates the Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in the mid-Atlantic, based in the center of Washington, D.C. The company oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena. The company has partnered with Washington D.C. and Events DC to build a new state-of-the-art Entertainment and Sports Arena at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Ward 8 in Washington, D.C. which will become the practice facility for the Washington Wizards and home court of the Washington Mystics.

Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news across mobile and OTT streaming devices, is also owned by MSE.

About Prodigy Sports

With a staff that carries nearly 60 years of experience across multiple business segments, Prodigy Sports is a nationwide leader in senior-level executive search and recruitment. Prodigy Sports brings a personal touch to each search by adapting to the unique personality and culture of the client, knowing successful executive recruiting comes from thoroughly understanding the team culture, the intricacies of the sports business and the extensive professional qualifications and skills needed to fill a role. Founded in 2008, Prodigy Sports has grown into a nation-wide leader through the sports and entertainment industries.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Qualified candidates should apply online via our website at www.prodigysports.net.  For any additional questions, please contact Arin Segal at arin@prodigysports.net or 732-303-9950.

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By: Megan Meisse, Prodigy Sports