The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has agreed with ESPN3 to deliver two broadcast events in 2016: a Division 1 doubleheader from the Emerald City Roller Girls’ (Eugene, OR) WFTDA-Recognized Tournament, The Big O, on April 30; and the final round of the 2016 International WFTDA Championships hosted by the Rose City Rollers (Portland, OR) on November 6. Both events will be streamed live in the United States through ESPN3 and on WFTDA.tv outside of the US, making these matchups easily accessible to millions of households worldwide.
The Big O broadcast will feature the first-ever roller derby doubleheader on ESPN3, with 2015 WFTDA Champions Rose City Rollers taking on the now #2 ranked Victorian Roller Derby League, and top-ten teams Texas Rollergirls and Angel City Derby Girls challenging for top rankings spots.
Get all the information you need about accessing ESPN3 or Watch ESPN in the U.S. and on WFTDA.tv for the rest of the world at WFTDA.tv/espn.
The Division 1 and 2 Third Place and Championship games will be shown live on ESPN3 Nov. 6. The first two days of the tournament, Nov. 4 and 5, will be available via pay-per-view on WFTDA.tv, as they have been in past years. Viewers outside of the United States will be able to watch the entirety of Championships via WFTDA.tv.
The April broadcast marks the return of roller derby to ESPN3, after a successful inaugural broadcast from the 2015 International WFTDA Championships last year.