Professional Fighters League partners with DraftKings to launch first - ever MMA Bracket Challenge

Professional Fighters League partners with DraftKings to launch first - ever MMA Bracket Challenge


September 25, 2019 PFL

Fans Can Participate in Exclusive Bracket-Style Pick ‘Em Games For The
 2019 PFL Playoffs and 2019 PFL World Championship With $50,000 In Prizing

 

The Professional Fighters League announced today the continuation of its partnership with sports technology and entertainment company DraftKings, beginning with the 2019 PFL Playoffs Bracket Challenge presented by Presidente, the official beer of the PFL. An exclusive Pick ‘Em game will also be available for the 2019 PFL World Championship. While a $1 million prize awaits the PFL champion from each of the league’s six divisions, MMA fans will have two opportunities to earn up to $50,000.

 

The 2019 PFL Playoffs take place October 11, 17 and 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. For the first time ever in the fight capital of the world, MMA fans will witness fighters fighting twice in one night to reach the 2019 PFL World Championship where six elite athletes will earn their divisional championship belts and $1 million prize. 

 

“We are excited to continue our partnership with DraftKings and Presidente and create additional engagement opportunities for MMA fans ahead of and during our historic 2019 PFL Playoffs and Championship,” said Dan Ghosh-Roy, Chief Digital Officer of the PFL. “We know PFL fans are highly engaged and crave action with skin in the game. The PFL Playoffs Bracket Challenge with DraftKings will stoke fans’ competitive fire while giving them yet another reason to tune into our live ESPN2 and ESPN+ broadcasts and follow the PFL roster in the fight for one million dollars.” 

 

The 2019 PFL Playoffs Bracket Challenge is free and easy to play. Fans will need to pick the winners of each quarterfinal fight, then pick two fighters from the overall bracket that they think will advance to the championship. Semifinal picks are worth double. The women’s lightweight playoffs on October 11 are semifinals only. All picks will have to be locked in before the fights begin, and a leaderboard will update rankings at the conclusion of each playoff round so players can see how they size up against the competition. 

 

Each PFL playoff event will pay out $10,000 split equally among players with the highest total points. Players with the highest total points across all three fight nights will have a chance to earn up to $30,000. Entrants must be 21 years or older to participate.

 

The 2019 PFL World Championship Pick ‘Em contest is presented by Presidente. For each weight class, players will earn points every time they pick the outright match winner, in addition to how a fighter won, in what round, and at what time they won. A leaderboard will update player rankings at the conclusion of each fight, and up to $20,000 of prize money is up for grabs. Additionally, DraftKings will run a social sweepstakes for a trip to New York and VIP ticket package to the 2019 PFL World Championship.

 

“PFL fans have proven to be extremely passionate and engaged, and we look forward to building on a successful launch from last year’s Championship with Pick ‘Em games for both the 2019 Playoffs and Championship,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at DraftKings. “We are committed to providing our ever-growing community of fantasy players the most extensive sports offering in the industry. Being a part of the toughest nights in MMA is indicative of our effort, and we’re thrilled to provide fans with a new way to immerse themselves in the sport.”   

 

DraftKings and PFL will also collaborate to produce an exclusive video content series which breaks down the playoff and championship matchups, and features analysis from MMA Hall of Famer Randy Couture, along with insights from industry-leading fantasy experts. 

For additional information and to sign up visit https://www.draftkings.com/pfl

 

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 regular season 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).

 

About DraftKings

DraftKings is a global sports technology and entertainment company that believes life is more fun with skin in the game. Its mission is to bring fans closer to the games they love via a unique combination of daily fantasy sports, sports betting and media platforms that, combined, deliver “The Game Inside The Game.” Founded in 2012 by Matt Kalish, Paul Liberman and Jason Robins, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA, and offers daily fantasy sports contests across 13 professional sports in 8 countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia. Operating pursuant to state regulations in New Jersey, Mississippi, New York and West Virginia, DraftKings Sportsbook mobile and retail, allows players in the state to engage in betting for major U.S. and international sports. 

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