PFL Signs Two Year Deal With ESPN/ESPN+
Heading into their second full season, the Professional Fighters League has signed with ESPN, as the Worldwide Leader will broadcast the full season on their networks and ESPN+ beginning this May.
The negotiations, which began in late 2018 were finalized this week, with CEO Peter Murray announcing the two-year deal on Monday’s edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
The deal will see the second MMA organization to broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, joining the UFC, who signed a long-term deal with the Disney owned network in 2018.
ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN+ will air a combined 10 PFL events through each year of the deal, which includes a regular season, playoff rounds, and championship final. The deal will also bring shoulder programming as well as pre and post-fight shows around each event.
The first event will be on May 9, with the prelims on ESPN+ and the main card airing on ESPN2. ESPN2 will host the live finals that will culminate on December 31st.
“We are thrilled to bring the PFL to ESPN, the undisputed leader in sports,” Murray said.
“ESPN is a ground-breaking pioneer that has fundamentally changed the way fans consume sports, and we at the PFL are reimagining MMA for fans and fighters. PFL will be the technology leader revolutionizing the way MMA fans experience watching live fights, using PFL’s proprietary SmartCage platform and Cagenomics system, to display real-time fighter data and take fans inside the cage.”
Initial Report: ESPN