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For the past 10 weeks, Turner Sports and WME|IMG have broadcast ELeague, their professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league, on TBS. It has led to the final four, and several hundred people have gathered in Atlanta this weekend to watch the teams face off for a chance at the $390,000 first prize and the inaugural ELeague season trophy.Though the crowd is small in comparison to many esports events, an average of hundreds of thousands have been watching at home.The path that led us to the Season 1 ELeague finals started with WME|IMGs acquisition of management agency Global Esports Management (GEM). That partnership fostered the creation of a televised esports league, with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive being the game of choice. It has been a challenge teaching non-esports broadcasters and businesspeople about this unique industry, but ELeagues general manager, Christina Alejandre, says it has also been quite an amazing journey.I dont mean to sound very Pollyanna, like everythings groovy, but it actually has been very fantastic, she says. The team [at Turner Sports], even though they dont come from a traditional esports background, come from a sports background. We have a select few on my team that have decent esports backgrounds. Everybody is so willing and open to learn about esports and whats right for esports.Alejandres role is the latest in a long career of gaming and interactive media. She has held positions at Viacom and its Nickelodeon and Paramount properties, as well as Warner Bros. and Turbine. But her transition to full-on esports came during six months in 2015-16, when she worked as a consultant for one of the industrys biggest tournament organizers, ESL. She then joined Turner and ELeague in March, a month before the league began.I think there are a lot of people who used to work for small esports companies, and [who are] maybe not used to not necessarily the politics, but the different dynamics involved in working for such a big company, she explains about the transition. [When] I came over to Turner Sports, it was great. I was able to use my knowledge in esports, I was using my knowledge of video games, my knowledge of working for big companies, and really immersed myself into the company. I think it all ended well.She says that when she first joined ELeague, the Turner Sports team was open to feedback and listened to her and her staff. Among that staff was fellow recent Turner hire Richard Lewis, a veteran esports journalist who converted to desk, hosting and editing for Turners esports endeavors.There were some designs that [the Turner Sports team] just didnt understand, [like how players] desks facing each other might impact competitive integrity, because you can see a flashbang in the other teams face. [They would say], Oh we didnt think about that, Alejandre says. In normal productions, they dont have to think about the noise always going outward and not going back to the players because you dont want the players to hear what the casters are saying.They were very open to it all; no one was defensive or like, No, no, no, we have to make this awesome for sports or production. The first priority was competitive integrity.But ELeague, despite great reception overall, went under heavy fire for a ruling involving league teams SK Gaming and Luminosity Gaming. Both organizations, and the Brazilian and Danish players who represented them, were booted from the league after a long dispute over roster changes in which Luminositys players signed with SK. The controversy even involved a petition signed by other teams to prevent what they saw as improper action by the league.Luminosity & SK Gaming are no longer eligible to compete in our first season due to roster changes that do not comply with @EL rules- Min-Sik Ko (@minsikko) July 6, 2016ELeague managed to stay afloat despite the turmoil that surrounded that situation. Alejandre says thats because of the experience of Turner Sports.We treat esports and ELeague as a traditional sport in that sense, she says. We had a clear rule set, we stuck to the rule set, we made a decision.Look, I am a huge fan of the SK Gaming roster and the other team that was affected. I wouldve loved to have them compete, right? But much like any other traditional sport, even if its the top team or top player, they have to adhere to the rules, and if they dont adhere to the rules, there are going to be consequences. I think thats why we didnt fumble, because we stood by the letter of the rules; we didnt make exceptions.Season 1 might not be finished yet, but ELeague is already looking toward a bigger and better future. It recently announced a new venture in Overwatch, in partnership with FACEIT. After the Overwatch Open finishes in September, there will be a second season of ELeague. The second season will be shorter than Season 1 due to feedback on the first seasons length, as reported by the Daily Dot. Alejandre says the main goal is to improve for the future.Were constantly trying to get better, innovate and evolve, she says. So if I say, No, everything was perfect, everything was fine, thatd be a load of bull. 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Watt will play in the first two regular-season games, coach Bill OBrien told ESPNs Ed Werder on Friday.Watt has been on the physically able to perform list since July 25, after he had surgery on a herniated disk in his back.OBrien said he is encouraged by Watts recovery and that everything is going in the right direction.I dont think we can predict whether hell be ready for Week 1 or Week 2, but hes going to be ready sooner rather than later, OBrien told Werder.Watt wass originally reported to miss 6-10 weeks after the surgery, with the 6-week mark meaning a return in the beginning of September.dddddddddddd The Texans open the season at home against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 11.Watt has never missed a regular-season game in his five seasons in the NFL. He finished last season with 17.5 sacks while playing with a broken hand and five torn muscles in his core area. 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