FEATURING DEBUT OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING ON ESPN2
PFL Original Productions to Present Two, One-Hour Specials Tonight on ESPN2 at 10:30pm ET and 11:30pm ET PFL 2019 Season Premieres May 9 on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes “PFL Best of 2018: Through the Eyes of the Champions” Trailer “The Selection” Trailer
NEW YORK CITY (May 1, 2019) – The Professional Fighters League today launched its “Changing the Game” campaign ahead of the MMA league’s highly anticipated Thursday Night, May 9 debut on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes. PFL Original Productions kickstarts the campaign with two, one-hour specials premiering tonight on ESPN2. “PFL Best of 2018: Through the Eyes of the Champions” airs at 10:30pm ET and is sponsored by Air Force Reserve. 2019 PFL Roster “The Selection” follows at 11:30pm ET and is sponsored by Presidente, the “Official Beer of the PFL.” “PFL is changing the game, and we’re excited to bring that to life this 2019 season through premium content created by PFL Original Productions,” said Peter Murray, CEO of the PFL. “With our sport-season format, winning is the deciding factor for success. Six 2018 champions earned their titles and million-dollar prizes. This season, new and returning world-class fighters are looking to do the same, and tonight’s original programing highlights those stories.” “PFL Best of 2018: Through the Eyes of the Champions” highlights the biggest moments and best stories from the inaugural 2018 PFL season, through the eyes of three of last season’s champions: Lance Palmer (featherweight), Louis Taylor (middleweight) and Sean O’Connell (light heavyweight). The three fighters take fans inside their journey to the PFL crown and $1 million. “The Selection” offers a behind-the-scenes look into the highly competitive selection process for the 2019 PFL roster, which features top fighters from 14 countries around the world. PFL President of Fighter Operations, Ray Sefo, unveils the new challengers and returning champions and contenders who will compete for a world title and $1 million this season.
“As we approach our first PFL event, it’s important that we highlight the league’s innovative format and the roster of top fighting talent from around the world,” said Matt Kenny, vice president, programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “We are storytellers at heart and look forward to showcasing compelling content throughout the season that captures the journey of these fighters as they battle through a regular season, playoffs and championship.”
All ten PFL events, including PFL 1, PFL 2 and PFL 3, will air across ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+, — the leading multi-sport streaming service. During the six Regular Season events, up to three hours of exclusive live action will stream on ESPN+ and up to two hours of exclusive live action will air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. ESPN+ will also stream a Pre- and Post-Show each PFL event night.
About Professional Fighters League
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) presents MMA for the first time in the sport-season format where individual fighters control their own destiny, competing in a regular season, playoffs, and championship. PFL’s differentiated format and exciting fights sparked breakout growth for the league. PFL events are Thursday nights primetime live on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
The PFL 2019 Season features elite MMA athletes across six weight classes, including the first-ever 155-pound women’s division, with each fighter having two fights during the PFL Regular Season in May, June, July, and August. The top eight fighters in each weight class advance to the single-elimination PFL Playoffs in October, where fighters must fight twice and win twice in the same night to advance to the finals. PFL Championship is New Year’s Eve with the winners of each title bout being crowned PFL World Champion of their respective weight class and earning $1 million. Viewers will be delivered next-gen stats never before seen in MMA through the PFL’s proprietary SmartCage™ platform and Cagenomics™ technology.
PFL is backed by an investor group of sports, media, entertainment, and business titans. Watch PFL live Thursday nights in the U.S. on ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes. PFL is also available in 130 countries around the world with leading local broadcasters.
For more info visit www.PFLmma.com and follow PFL on Instagram (@PFLmma), Twitter (@ProFightLeague), and Facebook (/ProFightLeague).
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