Hosting its inaugural player draft far from the storied sanctum of The Garden
, with a paltry $5 million league-wide payroll, (an amount routinely squandered on a single signing bonus for a young athlete in another
professional league,) the Championship Gaming Series continues to take baby steps toward becoming a marquee "sports entertainment" business. Still, come June 12, 60 prospects will split the riches, as they're contracted to join one of six city-based squads that will compete in a small variety of games leading up to the CGS Grand Slam and World Championships this October. Not a bad gig, eh?
But what of this Playboy Mansion
draft locale? If CGS is to be taken seriously, it's gotta avoid these WWE
sque publicity stunts ... right?
Maybe not. A lil' scantly-clad drama might be just the lure needed to hook viewers who might not otherwise tune into a glorified LAN party