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PBC rolls out its 2017 schedule

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Rumors of the PBC’s demise have been greatly…well, you get the point.

The much-maligned PBC rolled out its 2017 schedule on Wednesday, which may have surprised some who have treated the TV brand created by Al Haymon as if it was limping along on its last rites.

The series may have simplified production values and tamped down on costs and who knows how much money Haymon has lost in this time-buy venture? But the PBC will very much be a presence in 2017 while continuing to be the most scrutinized article since Evander Holyfield’s chewed off ear.

Here are the PBC’s planned TV dates for 2017:

FOX will broadcast three primetime network shows, the first on February 25. NBC will air three primetime shows in the second half of 2017, beginning on Sept. 23. ESPN plans to do 12 shows from April to August with the first show set for April 14.

Moreover, FS1 plans to broadcast 25 shows, running from February-October. Spike will do shows as part of its Combat Sports Friday platform, beginning with a card on Jan. 13. Bounce TV will feature a quarterly card with the first broadcast on March. 31 and between four and six shows in 2017.

The PBC could be announcing some match-ups on Friday but it’s a good bet Errol Spence Jr., Peter Quillin and Deontay Wilder will see action. Furthermore, the welterweight unification fight between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on March 4 could land on CBS, the parent company of Showtime, which routinely showcases PBC-branded fighters.

“The Premier Boxing Champions series will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,’’ Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Boxing said in a prepared statement. “Through its first two seasons the PBC will have broadcast over 90 shows, featuring surprising upsets, spectacular knockouts and hard-fought championship matches.  The 2017 season of the PBC series will be the most exciting yet.’’