THEY WILL PROVIDE VACCINES TOMORROW AT THE REGULAR CLINIC ON FIRST AVENUE. YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD OF THEM, BUT THEY ARE QUICKLY BECOMING A HOUSEHOLD NAME. THE KNIGHTS WILL BE JOINED BY THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AND THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS FOR A MAJOR EVENT HERE IN PITTSBURGH. INTRODUCING YOU TO THE PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS, EXPLAINING THE POSITION THAT THEY ARE PLAYING IN THE EA SPORTS EXPLOSION. AND IT WILL BE MILLIONS. AND IT WILL BE A CROWD OF 70,000 PLUS. AND JAKE JENKINS OF THE PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS, BUT SOME IN THE MILLIONS. PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS ARE A FORCE. IT IS WHAT THEY ARE WATCHING. MONEY THE PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS. COMPETED FOR $150 MILLION IN PRIZES LAST YEAR. THEY ARE COMPETITORS MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR, TRAVELING THE GLOBE COMPETING IN EA SPORTS GAMES. THAT’S RIGHT MILLIONS. WHILE THE STEELERS, PENGUINS, PIRATES HAVE THEIR SPECIFIC SPORTS, THE PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS ARE DIVERSE. WE HAVE A GREAT PLAYER AND A SMASH PLAYER. WE PLAY PUB G. A FORTNITE PLAYER. AN APEX LEGENDS TEAM. THESE ARE ALL VIDEO GAMES. Reporter: BUT PLAYED AT A LEVEL MOST PLAYERS COULD ONLY DREAM OF THAT DEMANDS EXTREME SKILL AND PRACTICE. WE PRACTICE GENERALLY SIX TO EIGHT HOURS A DAY BETWEEN NOON AND 8:00 P.M. THE TEAM OF FIVE PLUS A COACH WILL START THE DAY WHERE THEY LIVE WITH BREAKFAST AND A PLANNING SESSION IN A HOME IN GEORGIA OWNED BY THE PITTSBURGH KNIGHTS. WE’VE GOT ALL OF OUR PCs SET UP IN THE LIVING ROOM, WHERE WE WOULD PRACTICE THAT. Reporter: THEY PRACTICE AGAINST THE OTHER TEAMS ONLINE UNTIL IT IS TIME FOR A GAME AND THEN THEY WILL TAKE ON THEIR UNIFORMS, HEADING TO THE STUDIO FOR ATLANTA TO GO AT IT. TEAM VERSES TEAM IN PERSON. YOU’VE GOT THE PLAY BY PLAY. ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE DOWN THE UNDEFEATED TEAM? YOU’VE GOT THE REPLAYS. YOU’VE GOT THE CAMERAMEN WORKING. DIFFERENT BANNERS, YOU’VE GOT DIFFERENT GRAPHICS THAT ARE ALL SET UP. ALL ON THE LIVE SHOW ON MIXER.COM THAT WILL BE WORTH THOUSANDS, TUNING IN ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY ARE SEVEN-GAME SERIES. SO THEY COULD POTENTIALLY LAST UP TO THREE AND A HALF HOURS EVERY SINGLE TIME WITH A LOT OF STEM THAT WILL BE INVOLVED AND LOTS OF MENTAL WARFARE. AND SOMETIMES THE LEAGUE, THEY WILL TAKE THEIR PLAY TO THE FANS, IN A VENUE WHERE THOUSANDS, THEY WILL COME TO WATCH IN PERSON. I’VE BEEN EVERYWHERE FROM SWEDEN TO SPAIN. THE PEOPLE THERE ARE CHEERING, REPRESENTING THEIR TEAMS. THEY HAVE FLAGS, THEY HAVE POSTERS. JAKE WHO GOES BY THE PLAYING NAME CUSQT IS A GRAD. A THREE-SPORT ATHLETE IN HIGH SCHOOL. I’VE GOT A BIG BRAIN UP HERE MYSELF. SO I COULD TAKE HIM ON. AND WITH THE MENTAL GYMNASTICS, I’M SURE. WHILE MOST OF THE KNIGHTS, UNLIKE THE PENGUIN WILLS COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. FOR INSTANCE, ALL OF OUR PLAYERS, FROM OUR TEAM, WE ACTUALLY GOT FROM EUROPE. THE STEELERS AND PENGUINS ORGANIZATION HAVE EMBRACED THEM. THEY MAINTAIN THAT EXPECTATION FROM YEAR TO YEAR. WE BELIEVE THAT OUR ROOTS HERE WILL BOOST THE KNIGHTS. BUT WILL THEY EMBRACE THE NEXT PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM WEARING BLACK AND GOLD? THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE TEAMS AND THE UNIVERSITY WILL PLAN TO FIND OUT THIS WEEKEND. IT’LL BE A NEW PLAY HOUSE. THREE DIFFERENT GAMES, THREE DIFFERENT HOLES. WE WANT TO SEE AS A CITY, YOU KNOW, ARE THE SPORTS VIABLE? SOMETHING THAT REALLY HAS LEGS? THEY BELIEVE IT DOES. THE SCHOOL HAS A CLASS IN EA SPORTS AND THE BUSINESS SCHOOLS. IT IS THE FASTEST GROWING INDUSTRY IN THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE JOB OPPORTUNITIES. WE ARE ALL IN A NEW TERRITORY HERE. BUT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE DEFINITELY THERE. YEAH, AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT EA SPORTS. NOT JUST PLAYERS. PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE TECH STUFF. ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING A GOOD LIVING, RIGHT NOW IN THE WORLD OF EA SPORTS. NOW THE EVENT THIS WEEKEND IS ALSO A CHANCE FOR FOLKS WHO WANT TO SHOW OFF THEIR ABILITIES TO SIGN UP AND COME AND PLAY WITH A WHOLE CROWD OF PEOPLE CHEERING YOU ON. THAT IS AMAZING WHAT’S GOING ON. WHERE CAN I SIGN MY BOYS UP? I’M KNEE DEEP IN THIS. IF THEY ARE WATCHING SOMEBODY PLAYING. WELL, YOU KNOW SOMETHING, JOHN WILL TELL YOU THIS. IT IS NOT A BAD IDEA BECAUSE COLLEGES ARE LOOKING AT THIS NOW. YES, THEY ARE NOT ONLY FORMING TEAMS, BUT OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS IN THIS. RIGHT NOW. I MEAN IT IS NOT SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE, IT’S HAPPENING NOW. I HAD THE SAME THING. I’VE NEVER HEARD OF ANY OF THESE GAMES. I ASKED MY 25-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, SHE KNEW THEM ALL. YEAH. AND YOU KNOW THIS IS GROWING BIGGER AND BIGGER AND EVENTUALLY THEY WANT A BIG GAME AND THEY WILL GET IT WHERE THEY WILL FILL THAT PLACE AND IT WILL BE ROCKING AND ROLLING. AND THE PRIME DEMOGRAPHIC AGAIN, 12 YEARS OLD TO 35. WOW. THOSE PEOPLE, THEY ARE ONLY GOING TO GROW WITH THE SPORT. THAT’S PRETTY TRUE. I COULDN’T GET PAST ETRUS.

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