PFL announces partnership with DraftKings

September 25, 2019

The Professional Fighters League announced a partnership with DraftKings starting with the 2019 PFL Playoffs Bracket Challenge.  The press release indicates that MMA fans will have two opportunities to “earn up to $50,000.”

The details on how to play from the press release:

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.

Payout Perspective:

One Championship recently released details of its own Fantasy Game in which fans can use its app to play where they pick winners from a card.  Similarly, PFL’s game will engage fans as the 2019 Playoffs begin next month.  After what feels like a hiatus from the Fantasy Sports frenzy, it seems to be back.  Certainly, the picking of winners and creative ways to have fans interested in the fights could/should/will lead to the eventual move to gambling on the events.

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