AGBO Founder Joe Russo Joined by Celebrity Friends Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Karen Gillan, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, Pom Klementieff, Simu Liu, and ESPN Senior Fantasy Analyst Matthew Berry to Play for Designated Charities
LOS ANGELES, CA (SEPTEMBER 4, 2020) – AGBO and FanDuel announced today the return of the annual AGBO Superhero Fantasy Football Charity League, a one-of-a-kind fantasy football league featuring some of the biggest stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) playing for charity.
With a $1,250,000 donation from FanDuel, a leader in the fantasy sports industry and this year’s exclusive presenting sponsor, Season Two of the AGBO Superhero Fantasy Football League is raising the stakes with new and returning players competing for a more than ten times larger prize pool than the inaugural season. $1,000,000 will be awarded to the charities selected by the ‘superhero’ league participants, based in part on their standings. The AGBO Superhero League presented by FanDuel is dedicating this season to friend and creative partner Chadwick Boseman; an additional $250,000 of awards for players’ in-season fantasy competitions on FanDuel will be donated to charities in Chadwick’s memory.
The lineups and results of the 14-player league will be displayed on www.AGBOSuperheroLeague.com, along with featured content from the celebrity player participants, including weekly ‘trash talk’ videos.
This season’s AGBO Superhero Fantasy Football League participants are, with their benefiting charities of choice noted: Joe Russo (The Arthritis Foundation), Season 1 Champion Chris Hemsworth (Australian Childhood Foundation), Robert Downey, Jr. (Footprint Coalition), Chris Evans (Christopher’s Haven), Karen Gillan (Mikey’s Line), Tom Holland (The Brothers Trust), Anthony Mackie (Stem NOLA), Elizabeth Olsen (The Rape Foundation), Chris Pratt (Special Olympics Washington), Ryan Reynolds (SickKids Foundation of Canada), Paul Rudd (Big Slick/Children’s Mercy Hospital), Pom Klementieff (Time’s Up), Simu Liu (charity to be announced), and ESPN’s Matthew Berry (The V Foundation for Cancer Research).
“This cast is like family. We love doing this together and we’re all delighted to be able to benefit our favorite charities,” said AGBO founder Joe Russo. “Now we can play in a far more meaningful way thanks to the generous support of FanDuel. Most importantly, it’s an honor to dedicate this season to Chadwick. We all miss him dearly.”
“We have been following these superheroes for more than ten years and have heard about their passion for fantasy football from red carpet interviews, so we knew we wanted to be a part of this passionate fantasy football league,” said Matt King, CEO of FanDuel Group. “What truly made us step up and be a part of this was the charity element and the fact that this league consists of superheroes on and off screen who have found a way to channel their fantasy football passion into doing some real good in the world.”
Famed fan art graphic designer Kode Abdo (BossLogic) will be returning to create graphics for the League. Abdo rose to fame on social media creating fan art based on the MCU and has worked with the Russo Brothers on projects including Avengers: Endgame.
Joe Russo and Matthew Berry announced the following draft order for this year’s league in a video released on the AGBO YouTube channel:
- Elizabeth Olsen
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Paul Rudd
- Ryan Reynolds
- Pom Klementieff
- Chris Evans
- Matthew Berry
- Joe Russo
- Tom Holland
- Karen Gillian
- Simu Liu
- Anthony Mackie
- Chris Hemsworth
- Chris Pratt
Founded by award-winning, record-breaking directors Anthony and Joe Russo, AGBO is an artist-led entertainment company focused on creating content borne of innovative story universes across film, television, and digital platforms. The company is headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, CA.
FanDuel is part of the FanDuel Group, an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. FanDuel is the premier fantasy sports gaming destination in the United States with a presence across 45 states and 8.5 million customers. The FanDuel brand is based in New York with offices in Florida, Oregon, and Scotland.