Mike Stubbs . Business . Thursday 16th March 2017 . 10:25
Hank Baskett, a former wide receiver for NFL teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, has purchased a stake in Denial eSports.
The organisation announced the deal earlier in the week, with Baskett becoming a co-owner of the team alongside Stephen A. Crystal, a well known tech investor. Specifics of the deal were not announced, although both parties have become co owners along with the original owners of the team.
Earlier in the year the organisation announced a deal with former Infinity Ward community manager Robert “fourzerotwo” Bowling that was supposed to see him become a co-owner. That deal now appears to have fallen through.
“I originally talked to Robert Bowling last year about bringing him on and it seemed like it would work out so we moved forward,” said Denial co-founder and CEO Robby Ringnalda when speaking to The Next Level. “However, he got very busy with his charity and other companies so we both mutually agreed to discontinue his involvement with Denial. Ever since the formation of Denial, l I have tried to run the company organically with sponsors being the main arm of support. With the recent massive investments from VC firms and Pro Sports teams I knew that I had to make a strategic effort to not fall behind. In this space that moves so fast if you don’t evolve you die.”