Kroenke Sports & Entertainment reportedly splits with Sentinels; plans to form esports front office

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According to a report by ESPN Esports' Jacob Wolf, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment will be forming its own front office for KSE Esports after mutually agreeing to a parting of ways with Sentinels. The KSE Esports front office will take over managerial duties of the Kroenke group's Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Gladiators, and will also be in charge of the group's Los Angeles based franchise in the upcoming Call of Duty Global League.

The report states that the front office is expected to be built by KSE executive Josh Kroenke and Michael Neary, a real estate investor who went to college with Kroenke. Former Echo Fox president and professional NBA player Jared Jeffries is amongst those in the running to head the front office.

The split between Sentinels and Kroenke Sport & Entertainment follows the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the former against the latter last month. Sentinels CEO Robert Moore claimed that Josh Kroenke violated a mutual contract between the two executives by participating in discussions to potentially become the buyer of Echo Fox's forced-sale LCS franchise slot. Kroenke Sports & Entertainment stated that the two parties had come to an agreement regarding present focus: 

"At this point, we have determined that now is not the right time for us to be engaged in the Echo Fox transaction regardless of our excitement about the opportunity and how successful Riot Games has been and will remain into the future.

Rob, KSE, and our entire group are 
focused on completing the 2019 OWL season on a successful note and growing beyond our strong finish last year. Once the 2019 season is complete, we will then each make determinations regarding where we want to focus our esports efforts in the future. Let’s go Gladiators!!! #ShieldsUP."

to an end for the Los Angeles Gladiators. The team placed 5th in the regular season with a 17-11 record, and followed that up by tying for 5th in the Playoffs with Atlanta Reign after being eliminated in a sweep at the hands of a surging San Francisco Shock.
In August, the Kroenke group purchased one of the two Los Angeles franchise spots in the 2020 Call of Duty Global League for $25 million.

Sentinels was founded in 2016 as Phoenix1 before rebranding in June 2018, and began managing the Los Angeles Gladiators ahead of the inaugural Overwatch League season.

In addition to managing Gladiators on behalf of KSE Esports, Sentinels has a roster that consists of a professional Hearthstone players, an APEX Legends team, and a professional Fortnite squad. Most notably, 16-year old Sentinels Fortnite ace Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf recently won $3 million by taking home 1st place in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Solos Finals. 

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