Kroenke Sports & Entertainment New Echo Fox Owner, Sources

Following the fallout between EchoFox owners over the use of racist slurs, an investor will nowpurchase the team for $30 million, sources say.

Kroenke Sports Reportedly Buys Echo Fox

Echo Fox will be selling its League of Legends ChampionshipSeries franchise, the Riot Games hosted competition runningaround the globe and culminating in the League of Legends WorldChampionship.

Whileno official confirmation has been made, reports have suggested thatthe potential buyer would be KroenkeSports & Entertainment.Based on information published by Riot Games, Echo Fox has “submitteda proposal to sell its slot in the LCS to a new ownership group.”

Echo Fox has submitted a proposal to sell its slot in the LCS to a new ownership group. The LCS is reviewing the potential sale and will be meeting with the proposed ownership group in the coming days.

— lolesports (@lolesports) July 24, 2019

Before an official decisioncan be reached, Riot Games will need to review the withdrawalproposal and the LCS will need to establish communication with thenew buyer and how the entity would proceed as part of thecompetition.

Based on ESPN reports, the new owner will be the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which will be a second entry into esports for the group, after acquiring Los Angeles Gladiators, an Overwatch League (OWL) team. The group owns much bigger assets, including the English Premier League (EPL) team Arsenal and NBA franchise the Denver Nu kagame ggets.

If EchoFox successful sell their franchise, they would receive $30 million,sources close to the deal said. Here is what LCS Commissioner ChrisGreely told ESPN commenting on thepotential sale:

We’re working diligently to minimize disruption to Echo Fox players and staff for the 2019 season in partnership with the LCS Players’ Association.

Greelyexplained that should Echo Fox turns down the deal, the LCS would beallowed to step in and negotiate the terms of the deal.

EchoFox Blues

Echo Fox’s investors’ trouble began when in May the team’s owners, Rick Fox, was embroiled in a scandal revolving around Amit Raizada’s use of racist language. Mr. Raizada was and still remains one of the key shareholders in the company

Reported by Dexerto, the story made headlines quick, sending Echo Fox’s shares sliding. An investor at the time explained that what Mr. Raizada did was an “outrageous and abhorrent display of pure racism. “

The incident has been one of many in the esports world this year where bigotry and unseemly language have been used. Mr. Fox’s official position was that he didn’t want anything to do with Mr. Raizada.

Similarly, Riot Games has indicated that it won’t let Mr. Raizada be part of the organization competing in the LCS. He then tried to work around this by transferring his shares to a family member, a blatant move that was picked up on by both Mr. Fox and Riot Games.

WhileMr. Echo is abandoning ship, the fresh investment from KroenkeSports & Entertainment is a good sign as to the future of theteam.

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