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Pickleball Coverage Expands with New 24/7 Channel on Freevee and Fubo

F.A.D. at PPA (Image credit: Kerry Pittenger)

In an exciting development for sports enthusiasts, especially the rapidly growing community of Pickleball fans, Amazon’s Freevee and Fubo have launched a new 24/7 channel dedicated to professional Pickleball. This channel, aptly named Pickleballtv (PBTV), is a collaborative venture with the Tennis Channel and the Carvana Professional Pickleball Association (PPA Tour). It promises to offer round-the-clock coverage, featuring over 30 top-level live PPA Tour and Major League Pickleball events, along with original programming and a weekly studio show.

This launch is much more than just another sports channel coming to life. It signifies a monumental shift in the sports broadcasting landscape, shining a spotlight on several key trends and implications:

  1. The Rise of Niche Sports: Traditionally dominated by mainstream sports, the broadcasting world is now opening its arms to niche sports like Pickleball. This channel’s emergence reflects a growing appetite for diverse sports content, marking a significant step towards the democratization of sports broadcasting.
  2. The Digital Streaming Revolution: The inclusion of PBTV on digital platforms like Amazon Freevee and Fubo highlights the shift from traditional cable TV to online streaming services. This trend underlines the changing patterns of sports consumption, moving towards more specialized and on-demand content.
  3. Pickleball’s Mainstream Debut: Once a community-centric sport, Pickleball is now stepping into the limelight, gaining professional status and wider recognition. This could potentially lead to increased investment and sponsorship, further professionalizing the sport.
  4. A New Kind of Sports Fandom: The creation of a dedicated Pickleball channel caters to a new breed of sports fans who actively seek out specialized content. This development points to a more segmented and diverse sports media landscape, where fans’ specific interests are acknowledged and catered to.
  5. Blueprint for Emerging Sports: The success of PBTV could serve as a model for other emerging sports, showing how they can gain visibility and grow their fanbase. This move might inspire similar ventures for other less mainstream sports, promoting a more varied and inclusive sports broadcasting environment.

This introduction of Pickleballtv by Freevee and Fubo is a landmark moment not just for Pickleball aficionados but for the sports world at large. It’s a clear indicator of the evolving nature of sports viewership, the changing dynamics of fandom, and the growing acceptance of diverse sports interests. This is a pivotal moment for the sport of Pickleball, marking its arrival on the big stage of professional sports broadcasting.

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About Dan Langston

With experience in the ecotourism industry and time well spent as a fly fishing guide in the remote absaroka mountain range for 6 years, Dan brings a unique perspective on customer service to the digital world. As the operator, Dan is now committed to revitalizing Pickleball Portal and plans to build a support system for content creators and provide helpful information for the pickleball community. dan@pickleballportal.com

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