UnderGround Forums Espn buys the whole UFC rights for 1.5b/5yr deal

Edited: 5/23/18 1:33 AM
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Rest of the tv rights for 1.5b/5 years.

total deal now has 30 fight nights, ppv prelims, full library, contender series, etc...Starts 2019

espn is now the exclusive home of the ufc.

sport is about to blow up again.

5/23/18 12:48 AM
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What's the breakdown of PPV/cable/streaming?
5/23/18 12:49 AM
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In for du du du, du du du.
5/23/18 12:50 AM
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So that's 4.5 billion total? Duuuuuude....
5/23/18 12:51 AM
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Can Fox afford to dick around and pull programming in a vengeful way like Spike did?
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So....300 mill a year plus the 150mill? Or just 300 mill per year?

5/23/18 12:55 AM
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Jesus, I really hope that's not true.

5/23/18 12:56 AM
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I'd call this Breaking News. NOBODY is reporting it yet.

Thanks, Logic!
5/23/18 12:56 AM
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Wow that means fighter pay should greatly increase

5/23/18 12:56 AM
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Espn is garbage, I cannot imagine how this makes the sport explode again. 

5/23/18 12:57 AM
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Meh.

5/23/18 1:00 AM
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seekmurph -

Wow that means fighter pay should greatly increase

Ha... that’s a good one. 

5/23/18 1:13 AM
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wow. bad decision by ESPN. UFC has been on the decline for a while now
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It would explode, if ESPN hadn't shed all of its respected professional broadcasting talent

5/23/18 1:14 AM
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ttt
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UG Original June 2002 - I'd call this Breaking News. NOBODY is reporting it yet.

Thanks, Logic!

The story broke around an hour ago, before this thread was made.

 

Not linking a source ≠ breaking a story.

 

"ESPN is doubling down on UFC, the mixed martial arts league the Disney-owned sports behemoth secured its first TV rights deal in April.

Sources familiar with negotiations say ESPN has struck a deal for a second portion to the package currently held by Fox Sports that will bring the total cost in the neighborhood of $300 million per year for five years, totaling $1.5 billion. The new deals, which cover a total of 30 fights per year, kick in early 2019."

 

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/espn-adds-30-fights-to-ufc-tv-rights-deal-reaching-1-5-billion-value-exclusive-1202819447/

5/23/18 1:19 AM
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UG Original June 2002 - So that's 4.5 billion total? Duuuuuude....

300mil a year for 5 years, he didn't clarify if that is in addition to the 150 mil per year for ESPN+ so 450 mil in total or 300 mil in total so 150 mil more for rest of the rights. My guess would be 450 mil total and its too late for me to call anyone to verify this so just wait for Logic to explain further.

Edited: 5/23/18 1:20 AM
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Deal is for a total of 30 fight nights, ppv prelims, contender series, full library, etc...

Deal is worth around 300m/yr

which is a 2.5 times increase on their previous fox deal.

5/23/18 1:24 AM
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tapnaporsnapbro - wow. bad decision by ESPN. UFC has been on the decline for a while now

Nah, with Jones, Lesnar, and McGregor all coming back soon, things are about to look bright for the UFC again.

You also got some young stars that will develop really well with an organization like ESPN backing them. Sean O'Malley, Zabit, Tuivasa.

They just desperately need to cut the shit with all these interim belts fucking up all the continuity of the divisons.

5/23/18 1:42 AM
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Ufc isn’t getting as much of an increase as wwe but they got the partner they wanted.

5/23/18 1:43 AM
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Isn't Onefc partially owned by Disney?Askren to UFC?

5/23/18 1:45 AM
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Lol at people thinking this will increase fighter pay 

5/23/18 1:48 AM
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If they keep putting out a shit product it doesn't matter if they are on every network 24/7.
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With ufc taking the rights fees from espn that arum wanted and matchroom having the funds to sign all his fighters bob arum must be pretty livid right now.

5/23/18 1:51 AM
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TzTinkle - If they keep putting out a shit product it doesn't matter if they are on every network 24/7.

UFC now has five years on the best platform to grow.