Skoll becomes latest investor in the growing platform enterprise which includes Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics and Capital One Arena
Washington, D.C. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) today announced Jeff Skoll as the newest minority investor in the ownership group which owns and/or operates multiple team franchises, venues and media enterprises, including the recent acquisition of the linear network NBC Sports Washington. It is a fast-growing platform which is on track to becoming one of the most valuable sports and entertainment enterprises in the world.
Skoll was the first full-time employee and first President of eBay and developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering. A philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Jeff is working to bring life to his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.
As founder of the Jeff Skoll Group, Jeff has created an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, which includes the Skoll Foundation, Capricorn Investment Group, and Participant. Jeff is also cofounder of The Rise Fund, a global impact fund investing in entrepreneurial companies.
Skoll joined the Giving Pledge in 2010 and has received numerous global honors, including the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the Jefferson Awards: S. Roger Horchow Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Private Citizen. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012.
Skoll joins an exceptional group of partners as the newest member of the ownership group, led by Ted Leonsis, who is Founder, Chairman, Principal Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment 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 six professional sports teams: 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s 2019 Championship Washington Mystics, NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go, and the 2021 & 2020 NBA 2K League Champion Wizards District Gaming and Caps Gaming, an esports sub-brand of the Capitals.
In September 2022, MSE acquired full ownership of NBC Sports Washington (NBCSW) from NBCUniversal and now holds the exclusive local television media rights to Capitals’ and Wizards’ games. MSE also owns Monumental Sports Network (MSN), a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile and over-the-top platforms that launched in 2016. In addition to NBCSW and MSN, the media portion of MSE’s platform includes Caps Radio, Wizards Radio, Monumental Productions (in-house video content creation studio) and Monumental Outdoors (Out-Of-Home broadcast boards) .
MSE is also a co-owner of aXiomatic, which has a controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid, and owns and operates Capital One Arena, a 20,000+ capacity live events venue in Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena is the marquee venue among the venues owned and/or managed under the MSE umbrella. MSE also manages MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University’s campus.
In conjunction with the District of Columbia and Events DC, MSE helped develop the Entertainment & Sports Arena (ESA), a sports and entertainment facility in Southeast D.C. on the St. Elizabeths East campus. At ESA, MSE operates the MedStar Health Performance Center, the training facility for the Wizards, Go-Go and Mystics. ESA’s 4,200-seat arena also serves as the home of the Mystics and Go-Go.
In July 2020, MSE’s Capital One Arena opened the first in-arena sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, through MSE’s partnership with Caesars Entertainment (formerly William Hill).
And in January 2022, MSE announced it would be opening District E, powered by Ticketmaster, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023. This flagship venue for esports and entertainment will be the largest on the East Coast: a premier, nearly 14,000-square-foot live-event theater offering a 365-day-a-year, series of immersive experiences in esports, music, event programming, and community events – along with pre- and post-event activations for fans attending Capitals and Wizards games or events. This space will entertain hundreds for independent events, offer an extraordinary culinary experience, will create a best-in-class competition and training venue for the MSE esports franchises which it owns, operates, and invests in: Wizards District Gaming, Caps Gaming and Team Liquid.
MSE was advised by McDermott Will & Emery in connection with the investment transaction.
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