The Professional Fighters League has found a broadcast partner to help bolster growth during its second year.
The regular season, playoffs and championship-format combat sports league signed a two-year deal with ESPN for the sports network to become the exclusive broadcast partner.
The inaugural PFL season was broadcast on NBCSN and Facebook Watch. With the ESPN partnership, PFL will have all its events on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and digitally on ESPN+, while TSN has Canadian rights. Facebook Watch will retain certain international rights, with more details forthcoming, PFL CEO Pete Murray said.
Murray said slating PFL events on Thursday nights will separate it from other combat sports, and during its summer season capitalize on a relatively slow sports season. The PFL season includes six five-hour, regular-season events from May to August and three playoff events in October.