PBC Lays Out Television Plans for 2017
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) has announced general plans regarding its telecasts on at least nine different television networks in 2017.
ESPN/ESPN Deportes, Fox, Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, NBC, Spike, Bounce TV and Showtime will all host PBC broadcasts during the year. There is also the potential of a tenth television network, CBS, holding at least one PBC card. Al Haymon, PBC manager, has stated the cards will emphasize a focus on the junior middleweight, welterweight and featherweight divisions.
ESPN will run 12 PBC cards from April through August, with the first broadcast taking place on April 14. All broadcasts will be in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.
"We are thrilled to welcome Premier Boxing Champions back on ESPN in 2017," said Burke Magnus, executive vice president, programming and scheduling for ESPN. "The PBC series has delivered exciting boxing events that have garnered solid boxing viewership for ESPN. We are looking forward to showcasing a new season of fights next year."
Fox will have three prime-time cards, and Fox Sports 1 will broadcast 25 cards between February and October. Fox Deportes will simulcast all FS1 broadcasts.
We’re excited for the 2017 PBC series on Fox, FS1 and Fox Deportes with a robust schedule of outstanding matches at all levels of boxing, including exciting champions, contenders and prospects," said David Nathanson, Fox Sports head of business operations. "We’ve enjoyed our thrilling Tuesday night series on FS1 and Fox Deportes and had several major title fights on the Fox broadcast network, including the heavyweight championship of the world [with Deontay Wilder]. We’re looking for more great fights in the coming year."
NBC will also hold three prime-time PBC shows during the second half of 2017, with the first show taking place on Sept. 23. There is no word if NBC Sports Network will be a part of these broadcasts. Spike will continue to run a Friday night card once a month in 2017. Bounce TV will host four cards — one per quarter.
Showtime will also broadcast certain cards and fights, with CBS potentially broadcasting the welterweight unification title fight between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on March 5.