WFTDA Brings Roller Derby Back to Network Television, Signs Deal with ESPN2 to Televise 2017 WFTDA Championship Game

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The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has signed a contract with ESPN2 to deliver the 1st place game of the 2017 International WFTDA Championships hosted by Philly Roller Derby in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Rose City Rollers Jammer Bonnie Thunders escapes the pack at the 2017 International WFTDA Playoffs in Seattle, WA. Photo Credit: Ben Mah

Rose City Rollers Jammer Bonnie Thunders escapes the pack at the 2017 International WFTDA Playoffs in Seattle, WA. Photo Credit: Ben Mah

“The WFTDA has worked hard to develop action-packed, high-quality broadcasts of our top-level games for roller derby fans around the globe, and the opportunity to work with ESPN allows us to continue to share this exciting sport with thousands of viewers across the nation.”

The ESPN2 telecast marks the first time women’s flat track roller derby will appear live on a national sports network in the U.S., further solidifying the expansion of the sport of flat track roller derby, founded in 2004 by the WFTDA.

“Women’s flat track roller derby is a dynamic, revolutionary sport that has been developed by athletes and countless amazing volunteers across several continents,” WFTDA Chief Media Officer Erica Vanstone says. “The WFTDA has worked hard to develop action-packed, high-quality broadcasts of our top-level games for roller derby fans around the globe, and the opportunity to work with ESPN allows us to continue to share this exciting sport with thousands of viewers across the nation.”

The first two days of the tournament, Nov. 3 and 4, and the first three games on Sunday, Nov. 5 will be available via pay-per-view on WFTDA.tv. Outside of the U.S., viewers will be able to access all of the 2017 International WFTDA Championships through their purchased Non-U.S. WFTDA.tv watch pass.

Since 2012, the WFTDA broadcast team has been presenting high-quality productions and exciting matchups through its online portal, WFTDA.tv. This team will produce the ESPN2 content, showcasing the revolutionary athleticism WFTDA roller derby offers.

The content will be available streaming live and on-demand via the ESPN App for 30 days after the event.

ABOUT THE WFTDA:
The Women's Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of flat track roller derby. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are more than 400 WFTDA-affiliated leagues worldwide.

ABOUT WFTDA.tv:
Since 2012, WFTDA.tv has been producing high-quality broadcasts of women’s flat track roller derby events with the goal of positively promoting roller derby through content development. Viewers can purchase their pay-per-view watch pass for the 2017 International WFTDA Championships at https://wftda.tv/watch-pass/

ABOUT WFTDA CHAMPIONSHIPS:
After more than a decade of pushing athleticism and competition to new heights, the 2017 International WFTDA Championships will bring the most talented, highly trained skaters and preeminent teams in women’s flat track roller derby together to fight for first place. Only the best have made it this far, and only the greatest will succeed. Will you be there?

Join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. online at WFTDA.tv or in person at the Liacouras Center from November 3-5 as the top teams battle to earn their spot in the final championship game and ultimately win the highest honor in the sport, the Hydra Trophy. Tickets and info: WFTDA.com/Champs

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