NBC Sports, World Series of Fighting Extend TV Rights Through 2017

NBC Sports, World Series of Fighting Extend TV Rights Through 2017

Network's first mixed martial arts event is throwin’ bows on July 5

Prepare for a beatdown that will last for years.

NBC Sports Group and World Series of Fighting (WSOF) have reached a multi-year agreement extending and broadening the channel's exclusive rights to televise the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts promotion's events through 2017.

The multi-year renewal extends the partnership — which began with World Series of Fighting's debut in November 2012 — and includes multiplatform rights to the organization's events, which will be televised on NBCSN and NBC, and featured on the network's digital platforms.

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NBC Sports Group will televise 14 WSOF events live this year, including NBC's first-ever broadcast of mixed martial arts when ”World Series of Fighting 11: Gaethje vs. Newell” takes place July 5. Another event takes place on NBC Dec. 27.

To date, NBCSN has televised all World Series of Fighting events live.

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“We are excited to extend and broaden our partnership to continue to bring World Series of Fighting's unique brand of elite mixed martial arts to our viewers,” said Jon Miller, president of Programming for NBC and NBCSN.

WSOF President Ray Sefo added, “We have enjoyed tremendous success as a young company with the great people at NBC, and we are thrilled to be continuing on this journey with them for years to come. World Series of Fighting will continue to put on premier MMA events around the world with some of the world's best fighters, and we're so proud to be able to share it with all of NBC and NBCSN's viewers.”