UK Law Prevents Bellator 206 Broadcast To Finish
For their initial DAZN broadcast, Bellator ran into a big issue causing fans in the UK to see Peppa Pig and not the Bellator 206 main event.
Just before the main event for the Viacom company’s return to San Jose, fans waiting to see Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald’s champion vs. champion fight would be cut off to fans watching Channel 5 at 6 am UK time.
Following the event, Bellator President Scott Coker and Bellator SVP Dave Schwartz would explain that due to the nation’s broadcasting standards, violent programming such as Bellator would not be able to air.
“It’s government regulation that at 6 a.m. that content was not suitable so they had to switch to children’s programming,” Schwartz said. “‘Peppa the pig’, yes.”
The issue would be due to the event being structured in a similar format to a pay-per-view broadcast which tend to run longer with event specific analysis and video packages placed through out the event. Coker would apologize and claim the promotion will work on an issue
“I think that when I think about the replay, I think that we can probably work it out,” Coker said. “But it’s six in the morning on a Sunday there and we won’t be able to work this out until Sunday our time, Monday their time. But we are working on it.
“Believe me, when it switched over there were a lot of texts going back and forth and they all were not friendly. We were trying to fix it, we thought it was a technical glitch. But it wasn’t, it was a governmental issue. I can promise you the next time it’s not going to happen. We’ll keep it down to five fights instead of six — like we normally do — and we tried to overdeliver for the fans and we just went over. It’s an unfortunate situation.”
The NFL has the Heidi Game, Bellator has the Peppa Pig fight. https://t.co/jvndM9vMjc
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 30, 2018