Ufc Espn Agreement
The deal seems to benefit both the UFC and ESPN. ESPN receives 15 exclusive fight cards, the Dana White Contender Series, exclusive pre and post-event shows, access to the UFC`s full lineup archive (including past fights), a new original all-access series produced by the UFC, and additional UFC-branded content that includes UFC « countdown » shows, press conferences and ins. According to ESPN and several reports, the entire rights package over the life of a five-year contract will cost $1.5 billion. Variety reported on the deal for the first time Wednesday morning. The new deal, announced Wednesday, follows an agreement announced earlier this month between ESPN and the UFC. The deal hit Monday, April 13 begins with UFC 236 on April 13, a card made headlines by two title fights. ESPN stated that UFC PPV events sold via ESPN will include all fights on the main card, with head fights for all UFC PPV events continuing to be broadcast nationally on ESPN or ESPN in accordance with the previous agreement. The Walt Disney Co. has signed a seven-year contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship for the rights to sell and stream in its all-a-la-carte fights exclusively on the ESPN streaming service, starting in April. With the UFC`s TV rights, ESPN has another tool, as transportation contracts with wiring and satellite companies expire.
ESPN has suffered a series of cuts in recent years that have been due to a decline in its subscriber base. The UFC pay-per view events on ESPN contain all fights on the main card and are broadcast in English and Spanish. The first fights will continue to be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Deportes nationally as part of the initial agreement. ESPN costs $4.99 per month, or $49.99 for an annual subscription. New subscribers can purchase a one-year ESPN subscription and a single UFC PPV event of $79.99. Existing subscribers can purchase APP events for $59.99 per event. ESPN may experiment with additional bundling options. And Disney CEO Bob Iger said at a profit call in February that the company had the advantage of consolidating ESPN with the soon-to-start Disney-consumer disney-direct-consumer service. UFC President Dana White said: « I couldn`t be more excited to enter into an agreement with The Walt Disney Company and ESPN that will continue to develop our sport.
The UFC has always done business with the right partners at the right time and this is no exception. We will now have the ability to fight our young community of fans, wherever they are and whenever they want. This deal is a home run for ESPN and UFC. Adding UFC to a mix that has already entered into agreements with any major sports league in the United States (except the NHL), as well as great college sports features like the college football playoff, ESPN gives another reason to look for at least the same amount as it is available to provide cable and satellite video service (i.e. In: SlingTV and DirecTV Now). Unlike other major sports, the UFC does not have a collective bargaining agreement that imposes the share of athletes` income. UFC®, the world`s leading organization for mixed martial arts, and the new international direct-to-consumer segment of Walt Disney Company and ESPN have entered into an immersive, multi-year media rights agreement for exclusive UFC content on ESPN, as well as a host of ESPN television, social and digital services platforms in English and Spanish. , which will come into force in January 2019. Kevin Mayer, President, Direct to Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company, said, « One of our goals for ESPN is to bring sports fans of all genres content they love and love passionately, and that`s what this agreement with UFC illustrates.