NEW YORK – The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced that Derek Chang, CEO of Friend MTS and former CEO of NBA China, has been named to the company’s Board of Directors.
Chang was instrumental in expanding the NBA footprint across China by bringing innovative lifestyle experiences to fans of all ages. He expanded the NBA China business with major partnerships with Tencent, Alibaba, Vivo, ByteDance, and China Mobile Migu. Chang is currently the CEO of Friend MTS a leading provider of content protection technology for the sports and entertainment industries. Chang has held executive positions with many of the leading global media companies including Scripps Networks Interactive, DIRECTV, Charter Communications, YES Network and TCI. He also serves on the boards of Liberty Media Corp. and Isos Acquisition Corp.
“Derek is the rare international sports and media executive with vision of the vast opportunities for sports leagues in the global world,” said Donn Davis Chairman and Founder of PFL, “And, importantly, Derek’s sterling reputation and extensive business relationships can help PFL forge partnerships and chart expansion worldwide.”
“PFL has a top notch management team who are creating the makings of a major global sports league and entertainment brand,” said Derek Chang “While early days, PFL has already delivered a unique, innovative, and premium product to its fans, fighters, sponsors and media partners. I am thrilled to help them scale the business and brand globally in the rapidly growing MMA space.”
The PFL concluded a very successful Regular Season and begins its single elimination Playoffs Friday August 13 on ESPN2 and ESPN+ live from Hard Rock Live at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
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