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Selection is reporting that ESPN and Fox Sports activities have provided a joint TV deal to the UFC, who has been in negotiations for months, searching for a brand new broadcast accomplice earlier than their Fox partnership expires this spring. The small print from Selection paint an image of a a lot busier UFC, with ESPN getting as many as 15 occasions for his or her fledgling ESPN+ digital subscriptions service, whereas Fox Sports activities 1 continues to get their typical Battle Evening playing cards. In fact, there’ll nonetheless be PPVs.

Right here’s the juicy money bit from Selection’s report:

In line with sources with information of the proposal, ESPN has signaled that it might be prepared to pay $120-180 million per yr so as to add the Endeavor-owned combined martial arts league to its assortment of live-event rights.

Fox, which presently pays $120 million per yr UFC rights, could be prepared see that quantity improve to a bit of greater than $200 million. Fox’s present package deal contains 4 Saturday-night fights per yr on Fox Broadcasting and numerous combat occasions on cabler Fox Sports activities 1 that has elevated yearly underneath its present settlement. A joint bid with ESPN would see Fox’s whole variety of occasions decline barely.

So which means house owners WME-IMG and UFC are getting what they need, regardless of slagging rankings and approach too many playing cards being broadcast, diluting the general product. Just a few key phrases listed here are fascinating. Largely: “Fox’s whole variety of occasions decline barely.” Contemplating ESPN is slated to get 15 occasions and there’ll nonetheless doubtless be 12 PPVs, what precisely is the content material Fox Sports activities will get?

Or are we going to have much more UFC? Surprisingly, 2018 is a comparatively gentle yr with solely 30 occasions. 2014 noticed 46. Might we be headed for a 46-event yr? Does anybody need that besides the folks paying for the content material and people supplying it?

(Through Selection)

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