The PFL has released more details on their upcoming season.
The Professional Fighters League has its distribution sorted out for its upcoming inaugural season. Staying in business with NBC Sports Group, and adding Facebook to the mix, it looks like the PFL will be well-covered in 2018. The promotion, which rose from the WSOF, offers a million dollar prize to the winner (and champion) of its initial season. The PFL announced the news in a press release earlier today.
As per Monday’s announcement, PFL events will air on NBC SN, which has been the home for the promotion (and the WSOF before that) since day one. In addition to NBC SN, Facebook will also be airing events free of charge for audiences outside of the U.S. That coverage will consist of six hours for each event, including a live 30-minute pre-show and a live 30-minute post-show.
Events will be hosted Thursday nights, with NBC SN showing seven regular-season live events in prime time, with encore telecasts later in the evening. Events will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Per Monday’s press release, “We are excited to create a Thursday night destination that will be appointment viewing for MMA fans,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports Group. “NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app will be home to the PFL’s innovative format, which will keep viewers on the edge of their seats from the first fight June 7 through the championship finale December 31. We look forward to working with Pete and the PFL team on what promises to be a thrilling season.”
Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships, added “The PFL’s comprehensive coverage on Watch, combined with its plans to deliver an innovative viewing experience, will give MMA fans ample opportunity to come together, talk about, and interact with this exciting new league in ways that are unique to our social video platform.”
The PFL season kicks off June 7, with 72 athletes in total, 12 in each of the six different weight-classes. One fighter in each division will earn the championship, and the million dollar prize, come season’s end.