Oct 5 2017 - 6:13 pm

Phoenix1 will reportedly operate Kroenke Sports' Overwatch League team, the Los Angeles Gladiators

Phoenix1 is known for its League of Legends team.
Overwatch Staff Reporter
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Phoenix1, known for its League of Legends team, will reportedly operate Kroenke Sports and Entertainment's Los Angelesbased Overwatch League franchise, according to ESPN.

A trademark filing found by Overwatch podcast High Noon shows that Phoenix1 filed for Los Angeles Gladiators on Sept. 29. ESPN sources said that the organization behind the League of Legends team will operate one of the Los Angeles Overwatch League teams on behalf of Stan and Josh Kroenke, who own the LA Rams, Arsenal Football Club, and the Denver Nuggets.

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Kroenke Sports was named the second Los Angelesbased Overwatch League team in August. Immortals owner Noah Whinston will operate the first, but branding for Whinston's team has not been revealed just yet.

Blizzard and its affiliated Overwatch League teams have begun announcing their original branding. Netease released its Shanghai Dragons branding first on Sept. 29, followed by Team Envy's Dallas Fuel branding revealed on Oct. 5.

Overwatch League is scheduled to begin on Dec. 6 with a series of preseason exhibition matches. A regular season will follow come Jan. 10. Overwatch League franchises are expected to be revealed ahead of the start date.

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