Jake Lyon Returns Home to the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws

Jake Lyon Returns Home to the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws

Beasley Esports announces Jake Lyon (aka “Junkrat”) has returned home to a dual role with the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws. Lyon officially broke the big news last night during an exclusive interview with Robby Landis on CheckpointXP.

Lyon initially stepped away from the Outlaws to pursue a place on the Overwatch League caster desk in 2019. In addition to playing on the team, he will now serve as Director of Talent Development, where he will work directly with Co-Head Coaches Harsha and Junkbuck, as well as with individual players to help them develop and succeed as a team.

In his new role, Lyon will be one of just two original Outlaws players remaining with the organization, alongside Matt Iorio (aka “Cool Matt”), who was promoted to General Manager of the Houston Outlaws this past October.

“For me, 2020 was about resting and resetting,” said Lyon. “I know for sure I needed the break and wasn’t ready to compete last season But, in the last year, I feel like I’ve changed so many aspects of my life. I’m in a position now mentally and emotionally that I actually miss competition.”

Lyon added, “What’s interesting about my position now is that it’s a dual role. I’m actually going to be playing as well as working as a player development coach. What it means to me is that I’ll be making the team as strong as it can be whether on I am on the field of play or not.” 

“Jake’s passion, leadership and magnetic personality will reinvigorate the Outlaws and elevate the team to new heights in 2021 and beyond,” said Iorio. “His skill set as a veteran competitor will prove invaluable to developing our new roster into one that can meet it’s maximum potential and fully focus on winning.”

“We are excited to have Jake returning to the Outlaws in an expanded role as Coach, Player, and Brand Ambassador,” said Lori Burgess, Chief Operating Officer at Beasley Esports. “His leadership, analytical and competitive skills, combined with his charisma, business savvy, and fanbase, make him the perfect and final addition to our 2021 bench!”

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CheckpointXP and the Houston Outlaws are both owned by Beasley Media Group.


Beasley Esports is the newest division of Beasley Media Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., which owns and operates 64 stations (46 FM and 18 AM) in 15 large and mid-size markets in the United States. As a company, we are committed to creating high-quality cross-platform content for consumers; catering to esports and video game fans and fanatics. Beasley Esports brands include the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws, CheckpointXP, CheckpointXP on Campus, and Team Renegades, Beasley Esports is committed to delivering premier content and entertainment for professional and casual gamers.

Mason Places His First Online Bet Live On-Air in Michigan on Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mason Places His First Online Bet Live On-Air in Michigan on Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rush Street Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: RSI) (“RSI”) achieved a milestone on Friday when Detroit radio host, and public address announcer for the Detroit Pistons, John Mason, placed RSI’s first ever legal online bet in Michigan live on-air through its online casino and sportsbook site, BetRivers.com. The radio host known on-air as “Mason”, became the first Michigander to make a legal bet on the site, placing his $100 bet on Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3.5 (-110) in Sunday’s NFC Championship game showdown. He placed this bet because Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady is from Michigan.

An Emmy Award-winning radio host in Detroit for over three decades, Mason has also become nationally recognized for his public address at Detroit Pistons home games and was selected in 2007 for the NBA All-Star game. Mason has established a reputation in the city of Detroit for his charitable contributions and direct involvement with his listening audience. He won a local television Emmy Award for a video music show on the NBC local affiliate WDIV Local 4, Detroit. He is currently a radio host on KISS FM Detroit.

About RSI

Founded in 2012 by gaming industry veterans, RSI is a market leader in online casino and sports betting in the U.S. RSI launched its first online gaming casino site, PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey, in September 2016 and was the first gaming company to launch a regulated online gaming site in Pennsylvania.  With its BetRivers.com site, RSI was also the first to launch regulated online gaming in the states of Indiana, Colorado and, most recently, Illinois. RSI was named the 2020 Global Gaming Awards Digital Operator of the Year, and the 2020 EGR North America Awards Casino Operator of the Year and Customer Service Operator of the Year. RSI has been an early mover in Latin America and was the first U.S.-based gaming operator to launch a legal and regulated online casino and sportsbook, RushBet.co, in the country of Colombia. For more information, visit www.rushstreetinteractive.com.

LFGroup.gg and CheckpointXP Partner to Improve College Search Experience

LFGroup.gg and CheckpointXP Partner to Improve College Search Experience

College esports search and recruitment platform, Looking For Group (LFGroup.gg) and national esports and video game content brand, CheckpointXP, have announced a new partnership to provide ongoing coverage of college esports programs at colleges and universities across the country.

Under the new partnership, LFGroup.gg and CheckpointXP will work together to profile individual schools, leagues & conferences, and other endemic organizations, improving access to the college ecosystem by providing visibility and resources to interested students, parents, and other stakeholders.

“For college esports programs across the country, gaining meaningful visibility is incredibly important. CheckpointXP, through their weekly podcast and show, CheckpointXP On Campus (created for and by students), has shown a massive commitment to the college esports community,” said Alex McNeil, President of Looking For Group (LFGroup.gg). “We look forward to working together to help schools listed on our platform get in front of the right audiences, especially students and parents currently navigating the college search process.”

“At CheckpointXP, we are committed to shining an important spotlight on collegiate esports,” said Leslie Fitzsimmons, Director of Sales and Marketing for CheckpointXP. “Since the initial launch of the CheckpointXP On Campus in the Fall of 2019, we’ve seen an exponential increase in schools providing opportunities for learning, offering scholarships, and hosting competitions in the esports sector. LFGroup.gg is the perfect partner to help us take our mission to the next level.”

About: Looking For Group

Looking for Group (LFGroup.gg) is a platform established to centralize information about every collegiate esports program, enabling students to search for programs and inform their college choices. The purpose of LFG is to help students find communities of like-minded gamers while engaging in meaningful work as students and learners. LFG also hosts news about college esports programs and seeks to aggregate some of the best resources for parents, students, and coaches. Our goal is to support students in discovering colleges and universities that offer the best fit for them on their journey through scholastic esports. To learn more about the platform, please visit: https://lfgroup.gg/

About: CheckpointXP

CheckpointXP (Checkpointxp.com) is the multimedia video game and esports content arm of Beasley Esports, the esports division of Beasley Media Group, a multiplatform media company providing advertising and digital marketing solutions across the United States. The company owns 64 radio properties located in large and medium markets across the country, as well as offers capabilities in audio technology, esports, podcasting, ecommerce and events. BMG’s platforms reach more than 20 million consumers on a weekly basis. CheckpointXP is home to the only and official show of college esports, CheckpointXP On Campus.  The show airs on YouTube, Twitch, most podcast platforms, and on radio.com, with 35M monthly users. 

Beasley Media Group Boston Announces Sales Management Promotions

Beasley Media Group Boston Announces Sales Management Promotions

Beasley Media Group Boston announces Kari Talieri and Jesse Carbone have both been promoted to the position of General Sales Manager at the company’s Boston-based radio properties, including WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub, WKLB-FM/Country 102.5, WROR-FM/105.7, WBOS-FM/Rock 92.9 and WBQT-FM/HOT 96.9. They will begin their new positions, effective immediately.

In their new roles, Kari and Jesse will represent all of Beasley’s stations as well as the play-by-play networks and will report to the Beasley Media Group Boston’s Director of Sales, Brian Schneekloth.

Talieri has held sales management positions in Boston Radio for over a decade.  In addition to most recently spending the past five years serving as the Local Sales Manager of WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub and WBOS-FM/Rock 92.9, Talieri has been instrumental in leading the sales efforts of The New England Patriots Radio Network, the Boston Bruins Radio Network and the Boston Celtics Radio Network.

Carbone is a 20-year Boston Radio veteran who has spent the past 16 years working with 105.7, WROR as an Account Executive, Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager. Throughout his years at WROR, the station has seen strong revenue growth and has become one of the top revenue and ratings performers in the Boston market.

“Kari and Jesse have played a major part in our success over the past few years as we have worked to streamline our sales department to have a client-centric, cluster-first approach,” said Schneekloth. “Their leadership skills have helped to transform our sales team to become experts across all five of our stations as well as our four sports play-by-play networks.”

Beasley Media Group Stations Take Top Honors at Annual New Jersey Ad Club Awards

WDHA, WMTR and WJRZ-FM were among the winners recently featured during The New Jersey Advertising Club’s 52nd annual awards program. The event celebrated the state’s best creative efforts in broadcast, digital, print, out of home, and product packaging.

The Jersey Awards – which showcases the best advertising and marketing efforts in the state – attracted over 400 entries in 127 categories from over 60 agencies, companies, and non-profits across the state.

While the program was held virtually for the first time due to Covid-19, viewers came out in droves to watch the first ever Virtual ceremony.

WDHA Program Director and On-Air Personality Terrie Carr was among the featured presenters throughout the evening. 

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