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Old 05-08-2018, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default UFC and ESPN+ Reach Multiyear Media Rights Agreement

http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/2...ghts-agreement

http://www.ufc.com/news/UFC-ESPN-Gro...king-Agreement
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:39 AM   #2
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No thanks. Odds are strong that no great fights end up on this platform. How often is a fight night good? Maybe once a month?

Now, dilute the talent pool to try and put on your normal TV events and these ESPN+ events. No thanks.
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:45 AM   #3
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I feel dumb for not being able to follow this coherently. is this strictly going to be on their subscription thing, or will it still be on regular TV, or both?
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I feel dumb for not being able to follow this coherently. is this strictly going to be on their subscription thing, or will it still be on regular TV, or both?
There will be 15 ESPN+ exclusive fight cards. Each card will have 12 bouts. These cards will not be broadcasted live on TV, only on ESPN+.

However ESPN will be broadcasting original and past UFC content on ESPN, ESPN2, etc. This includes: "an exclusive, 30-minute special on ESPNís linear networks previewing upcoming bouts and breaking down match ups leading up to each UFC PPV; hundreds of hours of UFC library programming on linear networks; and re-airs of current UFC PPV events."

It seems very unlikely that the UFC would move away from traditional TV broadcasting entirely. So speculation is there will be another broadcast company involved (Fox, NBC?) that will do ~10 events on TV, as well as the Pay-Per-View Prelim cards.

The rumor a few weeks back was that Fox and ESPN would team up on the broadcast rights, and thus far half of that has been true...

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/espn...id-1202755660/
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:41 PM   #5
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There will be 15 ESPN+ exclusive fight cards. Each card will have 12 bouts. These cards will not be broadcasted live on TV, only on ESPN+.

However ESPN will be broadcasting original and past UFC content on ESPN, ESPN2, etc. This includes: "an exclusive, 30-minute special on ESPN’s linear networks previewing upcoming bouts and breaking down match ups leading up to each UFC PPV; hundreds of hours of UFC library programming on linear networks; and re-airs of current UFC PPV events."

It seems very unlikely that the UFC would move away from traditional TV broadcasting entirely. So speculation is there will be another broadcast company involved (Fox, NBC?) that will do ~10 events on TV, as well as the Pay-Per-View Prelim cards.

The rumor a few weeks back was that Fox and ESPN would team up on the broadcast rights, and thus far half of that has been true...

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/espn...id-1202755660/
If UFC was to move away from traditional broadcasts completely there's no way I would remain a viewer. There are so many events happening as it is that the majority of the fight cards (both paid and free) are watered down. If I can't get excited for a free fight card, why would I get excited to pay for that same card?
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:05 PM   #6
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There will be 15 ESPN+ exclusive fight cards. Each card will have 12 bouts. These cards will not be broadcasted live on TV, only on ESPN+.

However ESPN will be broadcasting original and past UFC content on ESPN, ESPN2, etc. This includes: "an exclusive, 30-minute special on ESPN’s linear networks previewing upcoming bouts and breaking down match ups leading up to each UFC PPV; hundreds of hours of UFC library programming on linear networks; and re-airs of current UFC PPV events."

It seems very unlikely that the UFC would move away from traditional TV broadcasting entirely. So speculation is there will be another broadcast company involved (Fox, NBC?) that will do ~10 events on TV, as well as the Pay-Per-View Prelim cards.

The rumor a few weeks back was that Fox and ESPN would team up on the broadcast rights, and thus far half of that has been true...

http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/espn...id-1202755660/
10+ events on other networks? Yeah right.

20+. Fox or NBC aren't going to pay $150 mil plus for 10 events. This will be the full slate they have now, plus the ESPN exclusive events.

They are definitely moving to a 165/175 WW split here soon is part of what this tells me. Need more belts to fight for!
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10+ events on other networks? Yeah right.

20+. Fox or NBC aren't going to pay $150 mil plus for 10 events. This will be the full slate they have now, plus the ESPN exclusive events.
You could definitely be right, but that would either mean they're increasing the number of events overall or they're cutting back on PPV's or Fight Pass-exclusive events. Increasing the number of total events could have benefits, but I tend to think there is some reasons why they have been decreasing that number over the past few years (46 in 2014 ---> 39 in 2017).

I never suggested Fox or NBC would be paying $150M for 10 events, anyways.
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