Major shake-up in bass tournament world

Fans of professional bass fishing are buzzing this week with the announcement of a huge expansion of the Major League Fishing (MLF) circuit. Insiders say the expansion of the new circuit will put big pressure on the other two major circuits – BASS and FLW – that have led the way in professional bass fishing for years.

The expanded MLF program includes the addition of the Bass Pro Tour (BPT), a premier 80-angler, eight-event tour with a championship and heightened payouts, made possible through support from Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG). Partly controlled by the Outdoor Channel TV network, MLF events are geared specifically for live TV. MLF episodes are consistently among the highest-rated shows on Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network and in recent years, MLF has expanded its reach through broadcast partnerships with CBS, CBS Sports Network and Discovery Channel.

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