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The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Boston on Saturday, August 17th, as former light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua meets 3-time title contender Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen. Watch live on Fox Sports 1.

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PeaceThroughStrength site profile image  

8/13/13 11:25 PM by PeaceThroughStrength

You had the same vitriol before the Silva Weidman fight.I know from past posts you planed on gloating after Silva destroyed Weidman,sorry that didn't pan out.Maybe this one will work out better for you.

fightharder site profile image  

8/13/13 7:40 PM by fightharder

I am saying that real reporters are saying "the majority of folks" will NOT have the fight on Saturday as it sits now.-----Comcast, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, Verizon, AT&T and Suddenlink -- distributors that account for nearly 45 million subscribers -- have committed to carry FS1 on its Aug. 17 launch. That leaves DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks -- accounting for more than 47 million subscribers -- as the distributors that do not have deals in place for FS1 yet even though its launch date is just five days away.-----They have 45MM in the 'yes' column and 47MM in the 'not yet' column.So unless something changes most people will not have access to the fight on cable on Saturday, that is a fact.Only Dana has said "this happens all the time" and "it will get fixed", no non-MMA/UFC sources have said this is normal.Also, it's interesting to note that none of the articles about FS1 mention the station kicking off with a live UFC event -- implying that that's not a big enough deal that Fox would be embarrassed if it didn't get to all 90MM projected households.The States is obviously different but Fox just entered the professional sport market in my country (The Netherlands) and they did not have the deal with some of the cable providers finalized until the day before the football season started.Obviously the American companies are much bigger and have more members hence the stakes are a lot higher BUT it does seem to be ''strategy'' at Fox to keep pressing for the highest price up until the end and then either force the other parties to cave or cave themselves. Dana might perhaps make light of the situation a little but there is obvious some truth in what he is saying. Its unfortunately from a PR perspective but the deals will probably get made before the final launch date.

saucylv33 site profile image  

8/12/13 6:57 PM by saucylv33

TTT

MagSlim site profile image  

8/12/13 6:40 PM by MagSlim

I am saying that real reporters are saying "the majority of folks" will NOT have the fight on Saturday as it sits now.-----Comcast, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, Verizon, AT&T and Suddenlink -- distributors that account for nearly 45 million subscribers -- have committed to carry FS1 on its Aug. 17 launch. That leaves DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks -- accounting for more than 47 million subscribers -- as the distributors that do not have deals in place for FS1 yet even though its launch date is just five days away.-----They have 45MM in the 'yes' column and 47MM in the 'not yet' column.So unless something changes most people will not have access to the fight on cable on Saturday, that is a fact.Only Dana has said "this happens all the time" and "it will get fixed", no non-MMA/UFC sources have said this is normal.Also, it's interesting to note that none of the articles about FS1 mention the station kicking off with a live UFC event -- implying that that's not a big enough deal that Fox would be embarrassed if it didn't get to all 90MM projected households.

Arse Face site profile image  

8/12/13 6:29 PM by Arse Face

He will never go away, never go away, never go away, never go away.....

KingofBJJ site profile image  

8/12/13 6:14 PM by KingofBJJ

So this will make 3 straight losses for Loud Mouth?  Then he can run back to Fox and brag again about how great he is and talk himself into another fight.  Dana will probably give him the winner of Silva v Weidman.

JDkoa site profile image  

8/12/13 5:16 PM by JDkoa

That say they have what? I didn't hear Dana's call.I just said not all the contracts are signed yet. But it is the old Speed network, and it is relatively common for these things to not be finalized until the last couple days.I was just answering people that 1) Speed Network is where to find this, and 2) yes, it will be available for most folks, come Saturday.

Kostakio site profile image  

8/12/13 3:27 PM by Kostakio

What is this channel on Verizon FIOS?

MagSlim site profile image  

8/12/13 3:20 PM by MagSlim

Are you sure? I got several pretty reliable outlets say they don't. You got any news stories that say they have?The only source for what you're saying is Dana's half-ass answer on the Media Call this morning. Every legit non-mma media source says the opposite..........yet there are a curious band of posters here toeing the company line with very authoritative statements that aren't backed up by any sources.Fox's ESPN Killer Still Doesn't Have Deals With Three Huge TV Providers Five Days Before LaunchTony Manfred 51 minutes agoFox Sports 1 — News Corp's ESPN killer — only has a few days left to sign deals with three of the country's biggest television providers before it launches.The channel will debut this Saturday.As of today, it is still trying to work out contracts with Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and Dish, the Sports Business Journal reports.Time Warner has 14.6 million subscribers, many of whom live in New York. DirecTV and Dish have an additional 34 million subscribers.FS1's overall ambition is reflected in what it wants to charge these companies in subscription fees. According to the Sports Business Journal, FS1 wants $0.80 per subscriber — a figure that will increase to $1.50 by the end of the deal.For comparison, NBC Sports Network — the NBC Universal's fledgling ESPN killer — charges about $0.30 per subscriber.ESPN charges ~$5, which tells you everything about what FS1 is up against.FS1 has a decent portfolio of broadcast rights and a lot of money behind it. It's run by the same people who turned Sky Sports into a powerhouse in the UK, and there are intriguing on-air stars (Erin Andrews, the Canadian cult duo Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole).In short, there are good reasons everyone considers it as a more formidable threat to ESPN than NBCSN and CBS Sports Network combined.But if a huge chunk of the viewing public can't even pay to watch the channel, it's not going to have the relevance it expects right away.http://www.businessinsider.com/fox-sports-1-not-on-time-warner-directv-dish-2013-8------------While Talks Continue With Major Distributors For FS1, Fox Unveils New Speed ScheduleBy John Ourand, Staff WriterPublished August 12, 2013Just five days before the launch of FS1, Fox Sports still has yet to cut deals with at least three of the four biggest distributors: DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. The three distributors said they are still in discussions with Fox to carry the channel, which launches Saturday. Distributors that do not cut a deal for FS1 by Saturday will continue to carry Speed, though it will be a stripped down version of the motorsports channel. Fox Sports provided the Tribune listings service with the programming lineup for Speed for the first nine days after FS1's launch, and it features a mix of re-runs and paid programming. In the week after FS1 launches, Speed will open primetime at 8:00pm ET with shows like "Faster Than," "Car Science" and "Pumped." The 9:00pm hour has shows like "Drag Race High," "Stuntbusters" and "Wrecked." The 10:00pm hour has shows like "Pinks," "Speedmakers" and "Hard Parts." Primetime for Aug. 17, when FS1 launches, will feature re-airs of "Pumped," "Wrecked" and "Hard Parts." Fox Sports has little reason to make Speed a high-quality channel after Aug. 17, since it wants distributors to agree to take the more expensive FS1. Distributors pay around $0.23 per subscriber per month for Speed, according to figures from SNL Kagan. Fox is seeking $0.80 per subscriber per month for FS1 initially -- a rate that would increase to around $1.50 toward the end of the multiyear carriage deals it is seeking.http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2013/08/12/Media/FS1-Carriage.aspx

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8/12/13 3:13 PM by JDkoa

Well, yes, it is correct. Apparently not all the contracts with the various providers are signed yet, but FS1 will be the old Speed, and it is going to be there for most people.And from what I read, it's commonplace for these things to be negotiated all the way down to the wire.On DirecTV, the Sonnen vs. Shogun event is already being shown as programming.



 

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