League Of Legends Series Will Begin Airing Matchups On Monday Night
Esports is "planting its first flag into the coveted, popular Monday evening time slot," with the North American League of Legends Championship Series announcing it will "air a marquee matchup on the weeknight," according to Gene Park of the WASHINGTON POST. The Monday night competitions come from the LCS "studying viewer habits, but also discussing the schedule expansion with LCS teams." All 10 LCS teams will be "featured on Monday nights." LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley said that every team will have "three Monday nights across the spring season." Park notes the Monday broadcasts, dubbed "Monday Night League," will "begin with a pre-show broadcast" at 8:00pm ET. Greeley said that throughout '20, there is "no change as to where all of its games will air," adding that LCS is "committed to its current broadcasting options," which include its own website, YouTube and Twitch. Greeley "makes no secret that the LCS hopes to mimic the success of the NFL" in time (WASHINGTON POST, 1/9). THE ESPORTS OBSERVER's Graham Ashton noted changes also will be "made to both the Spring and Summer playoff stages of the LCS." Whereas previous years featured a single-elimination bracket, the new format will be "spread out over four weeks and feature a losers bracket" (ESPORTSOBSERVER.com, 1/8).