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European Rocket League Spring Series to Broadcast on BBC, May 9-10

The European Rocket League Spring Series packing two days of Rocket League action will broadcast on the BBC with eight teams having a shot at the $125,000 prize pool. The event runs from today, Saturday, May 9 through Sunday, May 10.

The BBC will broadcast the RLSS without any interruptions pitting the last season’s European Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) four best teams against four other teams who have earned their spots through open qualifications earlier this week.

The event runs as a double-elimination, knockout competition, with all games played in a Bo3 format and the final, in a Bo7 format. Whoever wins will take home $23,000. The most likely victors the French powerhouse Renault Vitality.

Vitality and Dignitas have repeatedly dominated Rocket League, establishing themselves as the most competitive teams. The fact the BBC will broadcast the event is also important.

The RLSS is a fresh regional tournament, which means any additional coverage would do it good. Given the disruption of traditional sports, many broadcasters, including ESPN have turned to esports as a source of entertainment and program material.

ESPN in particular has broadcast Madden 20, the RLCS North American Finals, and the LCS Spring Split.

Where and When to Watch RLSS

Everyone will be playing online, including the broadcasting teams who will be covering the event remotely. The European Rocket League Spring Series kicks off today, 4:30 pm BST and will be available on the BBC. The participating teams include:

  • Dignitas
  • Renault Vitality
  • mousesports
  • FC Barcelona
  • The Clappers
  • Endpoint
  • Canyons
  • Team BDS

You can watch the event directly on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website. Deals between traditional broadcasters and esports organizations are not exactly new. In 2019, the Overwatch League signed a partnership with Sport1 to air on TV in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

The OWL also added a Portuguese broadcast which took place on Twitch, targeting Brazil as one of the potential future markets of growth. In April, Eurosport broadcast the E-Racing All-Star Series.

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