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North American Collegiate League Announces New Partnership with The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Edison, N.J. (May 20, 2020) – The North American Collegiate League and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced a partnership and plan to host an NBA 2K20 tournament for graduating senior and alumni MAAC Basketball student-athletes. The tournament is set to take place May 29 and 30 and will be run in conjunction with the North American Collegiate League (NACL).
 
“The MAAC is excited to partner with the NACL to host a competition for our former and graduating basketball student-athletes in a difficult time in which there is little to no live sports,” said MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor. “We look forward to providing our student-athletes more opportunities in the digital realm, especially after a successful launch of our inaugural MAAC Esports Tournament on an online format.”
 
The field will consist of 16 former MAAC Basketball players, open to both men and women, going head-to-head in a best of three series in each round. Three random NBA teams will be available for participants to choose from before each game. Players will compete on an Xbox One platform and all action will be live streamed on Twitch for fans to watch.
 
“We are excited to work with our partners at the MAAC as well as with NACL to bring this event to life,” said Mark Donley, Senior Vice President, Collegiate Services at Van Wagner. “Esports continues to grow in its relevancy as a marketing platform for corporate America. This is a great way to intersect college athletics and esports in a fun way.”
 
David Chen, President of the NACL, added “Our entire NACL is excited to work with the MAAC conference and Van Wagner to offer an exciting experience through esports.”
 
More tournament information, including a full list of participants, will be announced by the MAAC later in the week. Tournament announcements and results can be found at  maacsports.com/2kChallenge  and by following  @MAACHoops  and  @MAACEsports  on Twitter. Join the conversation by using  #MAACHoops
 

About Van Wagner:
Van Wagner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC that creates, advises, and sells on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, Van Wagner is a global leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and the highest levels of international soccer, sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, college multi-media rights, and in-venue content production at the world’s biggest sporting events.  www.vanwagner.com .
 
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:
With 11 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is in its 39 th  year of competition during the 2019-20 academic year. Current conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University, and Siena College.
NACL- North American Collegiate League
The North American Collegiate League (NACL) is an America-based non-profit Esports and entertainment organization that hosts and streams video game tournaments and league play for collegiate Esports competitors with scholarship prizes. This serves the purpose of fostering a communal relationship between established players, those who are looking to enter the scene, and even those who do not entirely know what the Esports industry has to offer them.

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