Jazz Gaming Completes 2019 NBA 2K League Season

Team Contributed More Than 120 Hours to Community Events in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (August 5, 2019) – Jazz Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, concluded the franchise’s second season in the NBA 2K League with an 8-8 (.500) regular season record, a final four finish at THE TURN powered by AT&T and more than 120 hours dedicated to community outreach events.

Jazz Gaming posted an improvement in winning percentage this season compared to the team’s inaugural campaign in 2018. The club, which was led by Head Coach Jelani “Comp” Mitchell inhis first year at the helm, earned a semifinals berth in THE TURN powered by AT&T in Las Vegas before falling to the eventual tournament champion, Warriors Gaming Squad.

Jazz Gaming followed the example set by its NBA parent club, the Utah Jazz, through its doing good efforts in the community. Players and staff teamed up with local organizations to highlight STEM education, youth basketball and career opportunities in the growing esports industry.

Members of the Jazz Gaming franchise made appearances at Salt Lake City Summer League, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, “Gaming Night”with the Salt Lake Bees, local schools, and Jazz Youth Camps and Clinics throughout the season.

The players will also join their partner, America First Credit Union, to host an NBA 2K tournament later this month. Jazz Gaming and America First Credit Union held a one-on-one skills clinic last month, bringing together fans and pros for an interactive experience.

In addition to a special mobile offer following every Jazz Gaming win, LittleCaesars also supported the team’scommunity engagement.

“We showed growth throughout the season, and I’m proud of our players for continuing tocompete and put it all on the line every game,” said Mitchell. “I’m equally proud of ourcontribution to the community. We understand our impact as role models for our young fans and look forward to continuing to cultivate our relationship with them.”

This season, the team held all practice and film sessions at the Jazz Gaming Lounge powered by Larry H. Miller Used Car Supermarket, which is located on Level 5 of Vivint Smart Home Arena.

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY - JUNE 27: during Week 10 of the NBA 2K League regular season on June 27, 2019 at the NBA 2K Studio in Long Island City, New York.Jazz Gaming center Spencer “Ria” Wyman, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NBA 2KLeague Draft, led the league with 1.8 blocks per game. Ria posted a double-double with team- highs of 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds to go with 2.2 steals in his rookie season.

Jazz Gaming guard Shaka “Yeah I Compete” Browne, who completed his second season with the team, ranked eighth in assists (8.0) in the NBA 2K League in 2019. It marks his second- straight campaign finishing in the top 10 in assists, as he averaged 10.6 helpers per game last season (fifth-best).

T-Wolves Gaming captured the 2019 NBA 2K League Championship in New York City last weekend. Information about the 2020 NBA 2K League season, which includes one announced expansion team (Hornets Venom GT), will be released at a later date.

–@UtahJazzGaming or jazzgaming.gg–

About Jazz Gaming
Jazz Gaming is one of 21 esports teams competing in the NBA 2K League, founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software. The six-player squad is based in Salt Lake City and competes as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other 2K League teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. The team ispart of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment’s portfolio, which also includes the Utah Jazz; NBA G League SaltLake City Stars; MiLB Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; Vivint Smart Home Arena; The Zone Sports Network (97.5 FM, 1280 AM); Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling race; and Megaplex Theatres.
Media Contact: Matt de Nesnera, Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, (703) 554-5499 or matt.denesnera@utahjazz.com