UFC Signs Programming Deal With ESPN
After rumors of a mega-deal for the UFC broadcasting rights, ESPN’s new ESPN+ service will be the new content home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In an announcement via ESPN’s website, ESPN has reached a multi-year media rights deal for exclusive live and original content on ESPN+, which includes television, social, and digital platforms effective January 2019/
Per the report, it will include 15 “UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night” events per year, with no less than 12 fights an event, as well as the option for UFC Fight Pass and UFC PPV events for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.
Also included will be:
- Exclusive, all new-seasons of “Dana White’s Contender Series” beginning in June 2019
- A new original, all-access series produced by IMG Original Content
- Exclusive pre- and post-event shows for all 15 “UFC on ESPN+ Fight Nights”
- Non-exclusive access to UFC’s full archive of programming, including historic events, classic bouts, and original programming
- Additional UFC-branded content, including “UFC Countdown” shows, press conferences, weigh-ins, and pre-and post-shows
“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Walt Disney Company and ESPN on an agreement that will continue to grow our sport,” UFC President Dana White said in a release sent out on Tuesday.
“UFC has always done deals with the right partners at the right time and this one is no exception. We will now have the ability to deliver fights to our young fan base wherever they are and whenever they want it. This deal is a home run for ESPN and UFC.”
Original Story: ESPN