PFL Challenger Series Exclusive Distribution on fuboTV and Fubo Sports Network
NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2021 / — The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced an exclusive multi-year partnership for its new PFL Challenger Series with fuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO), the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform.
The PFL Challenger Series debuts live on Friday, February 18, 2022, and will stream on consecutive Friday nights exclusively on fuboTV and its linear network, Fubo Sports Network, in February, March, and April.
The PFL Challenger Series takes the competition format familiar to MMA fans and makes it more exciting and modern with the innovative, disruptive approach PFL is known for.
Each week will be a must-watch event to see who joins the judging panel, bringing combat sports champions, major celebrities from music and entertainment, and global influencers. Confirmed judges to appear this season of the PFL Challenger Series on fubo include Mike Tyson, Ray Lewis, and Todd Gurley.
The PFL Challenger Series fan vote will give MMA fans a seat at the judges’ table.
Viewers can also interact with the live competition through fuboTV’s popular predictive, free-to-play games. fuboTV recently launched free games alongside select sports streaming on fuboTV and Fubo Sports Network giving viewers the opportunity to answer predictive questions about the action on screen.
Fubo Sportsbook will be the exclusive gambling sponsor of the PFL Challenger Series. Fubo Sportsbook launched in November 2021 in Iowa and will launch in additional states pending the requisite regulatory approvals.
“PFL Challenger Series is not your father’s contender series,” said PFL Founder and Chairman Donn Davis. “The winner of the PFL Challenger Series can become a real-world Rocky story, going from an unknown pro to World Champion holding a $1 million check in the same year.”
“fuboTV provides sports fans an innovative viewing experience and PFL could not be more excited to launch our new PFL Challenger Series exclusively on their platform,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “The PFL Challenger Series will be the most unique live fight show showcasing the MMA stars of tomorrow and I’m confident it quickly will become buzzworthy viewing.”
“Our partnership with the PFL and their new PFL Challenger Series allows fuboTV to further differentiate our sports-first programming with exclusive MMA content, which we know is one of the hottest live sports for consumers,” said David Gandler, co-founder and CEO, fuboTV.
Gandler added: “fuboTV believes the future of sports television will be interactive. This partnership will give our audience unprecedented ways to interact and engage with the PFL. We are looking forward to bringing an interactive sports and entertainment television experience to consumers next year through this very unique partnership.”
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the #1 fastest growing sports league and the #2 MMA company worldwide. PFL is the only league to present MMA in the sports-season format where world-class fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship.
PFL is primetime in the U.S on ESPN/ESPN+ and broadcast and streamed live worldwide in 160 countries with 30 leading media partners. The PFL roster is world-class, with more than 25 percent of PFL fighters independently ranked in the top 25 in the world.
PFL is the innovation leader in sports, with its proprietary SmartCage data and analytics platform powering real-time betting and providing immersive viewing experience.
PFL has more than two dozen blue-chip brand partners, including: Anheuser-Busch, Geico, Bose, DraftKings, Socios, CarParts.com, Air Force Reserve, US Marines, Upper Deck, and Legends. PFL is backed by the best investor group in sports, including: Ares Capital, Knighthead Capital, Luxor Capital, Elysian Park Ventures, Swan Ventures, Legends, and several owners of sports teams in the NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS.
MMA is the growth sport of this decade, with massive 600 million fans worldwide, the youngest audience demo of any sport, and true global revenue streams.
For more info visit www.PFLmma.com and follow PFL on Instagram (@PFLmma), Twitter (@PFLMMA), and Facebook (/PFLmma).
With a mission to provide the world’s most thrilling sports-first live TV experience through the greatest breadth of premium content, interactivity and integrated wagering, fuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO) is focused on bringing to life its vision of a streaming platform that transcends the industry’s current virtual MVPD model. fuboTV Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada, Spain and, through its acquisition of Molotov, in France.
Leveraging its proprietary data and technology platform optimized for live TV and sports viewership, fuboTV Inc. aims to turn passive viewers into active participants and define a new category of interactive sports and entertainment television. Through its cable TV replacement product, fuboTV, subscribers can stream a broad mix of 100+ live TV channels, including 74 of the top 100 Nielsen-ranked networks across sports, news and entertainment — more than any other live TV streaming platform (source: Nielsen Total Viewers, 2020). The company’s linear channel, Fubo Sports Network, streams live sports, award-winning original programming and partner content to more than 75 million devices through fuboTV and its distribution partners. Subscribers can interact with fuboTV’s live streaming experience through predictive free-to-play games, which are integrated into select sports content.
Fubo Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of fuboTV Inc., launched Fubo Sportsbook, a next-generation mobile sportsbook purpose-built to integrate with fuboTV, in 2021.