FREEHOL, NJ, 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.