The Cleveland Cavaliers have been accepted into the North American League of Legends World Championship (NA LCS), according to a report Thursday by ESPN.
The team has recruited former Call of Duty pro Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag to be its head of operations, according to the report. The Cavs would be the third team not in the NA LCS this year to secure a franchise and would pay a $13 million entry fee to Riot Games.
The Cavaliers would be the second NBA team to acquire an LCS franchise, as Golden State Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob and his son, Kirk, have reportedly been accepted into the league. Riot Games announced the franchised league in June and said last month the LCS would remain at 10 teams.
Other reported additions to the NA LCS so far include Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Echo Fox and OpTic Gaming. Four teams so far — Immortals, Dignitas, Phoenix1 and EnVyUs — have reportedly been rejected despite playing in the LCS this year.
UPDATE: (2:43 p.m.): TheScore reported FlyQuest has also been accepted into the NA LCS, which would bring the reported total to nine. ESPN reported G2 Esports’ application was rejected. The headline was changed to reflect the new information.