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NBA ESports Deal Could Be Toe In Water For Leagues

By Zachary Zagger (February 10, 2017, 9:23 PM EST) -- The NBA announced a deal Thursday with Take-Two Interactive, the maker of the popular NBA 2K video games, to launch an eSports league with teams operated by NBA franchises, making it the first mainstream sports league to dive head-first into the burgeoning industry that experts say is in a "Wild West" of legal issues.

ESports, in which professional video game players compete against each other for prize pools of up to millions of dollars, has exploded in popularity over the past few years, selling out arenas and drawing millions of viewers online. The League of Legends World Championship last year drew...

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