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PFL poised to stage 2021 regular season in Las Vegas bubble

Peter Murray, chief executive, Professional Fighters League (Photo courtesy of PFL).

The Professional Fighters League is looking to stage its 2021 regular season at a bubble environment in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Forbes, Caesars Palace or the Rio are favorites to hold PFL fight cards on April 23, April 29, and May 6, followed by June 10, 17, and 25.

All fight cards will be broadcast domestically in the United States on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in primetime.

“We had the benefit of seeing what works and what doesn’t work in sports around the world,” PFL chief executive Peter Murray told Forbes. “The NBA has done a fantastic job, as has the NHL. UFC has had absolutely the right model with a single destination in the US and outside the US.”

PFL will then host its playoff rounds in the late summer or early fall, with its championships on New Year’s Eve. The sites for these events has not been finalized.

“We are planning for the worst and hoping for the best,” Murray added. “We are planning for it to be made-for-TV (without fans). But should regulations permit, absolutely there will be fans in the audience to take in all that excitement and provide energy for the broadcast.”

The PFL recently announced a strategic content and distribution deal with California-based sports media company WAVE.tv.

As part of the agreement, WAVE.tv will distribute PFL highlights, original short-form content, fighter profile pieces and more across its growing portfolio of media brands, with added focus on its combat sports-centric brand, Haymakers.

The move follows the launch of the PFL’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, called the PFL MMA app.

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