Kotaku | 06.23.16

More People Watched League Of Legends Than The NBA Finals

By Alex Walker

LeBron James delivered one of the most compelling sporting performances of the year yesterday by leading Cleveland to a NBA championship with a triple-double against the Golden State Warriors. And people watched in the millions.

But more people watched League of Legends.

The New York Times reported earlier today that the Cavaliers’ triumphant performance against the Warriors caught the attention of almost 31 million people.

It’s the highest viewership for an NBA finals on the American ABC network in the last 18 years, and it’s the highest for an NBA finals on ABC or ESPN in a decade. ESPN’s online service, WatchESPN, also broke records with 1.76 million unique viewers.

But while that might be an all-time high for the NBA, it’s still not as gargantuan as the crowd that tuned in for last year’s League of Legends world finals.

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