Nov 12, 2019

China tops Europe at League of Legends Worlds

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Many believed this would be the year that a Western team finally won the League of Legends World Championship, but it wasn't meant to be. China-based FPX beat European-based G2 in Paris to claim the $1 million prize.

The backdrop: "A European team hasn't won finals since 2011, which wasn't a truly global event," writes WashPost's Matt Vella. "In the years following, Korean teams dominated — until 2018 when a Chinese team took the top spot."

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Esports group Astralis plans industry's first IPO

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Astralis, a Denmark-based esports group that includes the world's top-ranked Counter-Strike team, is planning to go public next week in Copenhagen.

Why it matters: This would be the first-ever public listing of an esports group, possibly priming investors for future floats from larger organizations.

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NBA ratings are down, but fans are still engaged

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Entering December, one of the most alarming NBA storylines is the league's declining TV ratings.

By the numbers: Through Nov. 22, games were averaging 1.45 million viewers across ESPN and TNT, down 18% from the same point last year (1.75 million).

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NFL players weigh health against career threats

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The recent medical struggles of three NFL players highlight the delicate balance of athletes' health and their careers.

Driving the news: In October, former New York Jets guard Kelechi Osemele filed an injury grievance against his team for an outstanding shoulder issue. After he refused to practice and underwent unauthorized surgery to address the issue, going against the team's opinion, the Jets released Osemele. He was stuck with fines of up to $579,000 each week, ESPN reports.

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