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UFC signs deal with ESPN for ESPN+ Platform

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- Tue, 08 May 2018 10:28:19 EST aN11/Grv No.58034
File: 1525789699735.jpg -(17281B / 16.88KB, 660x400) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. UFC signs deal with ESPN for ESPN+ Platform
http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/23440573/ufc-espn+-reach-multiyear-media-rights-agreement

Well, this is certainly interesting. Deal takes affect starting January 2019 when UFC's old 8-year deal with Fox from 2011 runs out.
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Dustin Hazelett - Thu, 10 May 2018 05:42:12 EST aN11/Grv No.58036 Reply
Per Dave Meltzer:

>ESPN+ will be able to put up all UFC events from 1993 to 2018 up for archives. From 2018 on, they will be able to add their events, but not the events from another partner, nor PPV events, which Fight Pass will have. ESPN+ also won’t have access to the non-Fight Pass library of boxing, kickboxing and other MMA promotions like Pride, Strikeforce and WEC.

So it sounds like ESPN+ users will get a giant UFC archive with their sub at no extra cost. Fight Pass isn't completely dicked, though, as it will still have its own exclusive UFC events, as well as all of the non-UFC events it carries. Fight PAss will also still have exclusive archives of PRIDE and the other promotions UFC absorbed in the past, so no PRIDE NEVER DIE for ESPN+ users.

Meltzer also said the deal is $150 million per year for 15 events, making out for roughly $10 million paid for event, which is more than almost all UFC PPV's pull in buys except for the few mega cards. Meltzer speculates this might cause for less PPV's in 2019 in lieu of these ESPN+ events taking over for some old PPV slots, which means these ESPN+ events will likely be closer to PPV cards in terms of quality and title fights as opposed to FS1 and Fight Night exclusive snorefests.
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Jorge Santiago - Wed, 23 May 2018 10:26:41 EST iQgqpYL4 No.58043 Reply
>>58042

Yep, just saw the headline on ESPN.com. I wonder how this much spending will affect the rest of the network since cord-cutting and the crippling NFL deal have really bit them in the ass as of late.

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