Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

UFC Partners With ESPN For Live Events And Streaming

UFC Partners With ESPN For Live Events And Streaming

The UFC has announced a deal with the Walt Disney Company and ESPN to air events on ESPN+ and across a variety of ESPN's television networks, with everything kicking off in January of 2019.

The ESPN deal marks the end of seven years on FOX and FOX Sports networks, which was signed back in 2011.

Comprised of Disney's worldwide media businesses and the Company's various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and worldwide segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company's global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. "But seeing this product that they built is really what convinced us", he said. With a richer, increasingly more personalized experience, the new ESPN App curates all of ESPN's incredible content into an experience unique to each fan's individual tastes. "Naturally, rights are going to go up". First, it has garnered a deal with what is undoubtedly the premiere means of national distribution in sports content. Fox was unwilling to pay much more than $200 million a year. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. "We are excited to be able to bring their world-class events and content to ESPN+ and the ESPN networks", said ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro in a statement. It'll also put the UFC alongside other ESPN+ content like the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, PGA Tour and college sports. The new deal has been rumored for some time and will expand UFC's reach to millions of mobile users. They asked not to be identified because the conversations aren't public.

UFC has not yet determined its next broadcast rights partnership.

"We feel like we're in a great place", Epstein said. Rumors of some sort of deal with ESPN had been swirling for months. Terms were not disclosed, but sources pegged the deal at $150 million a year for five years - which is in the same range as the UFC's annual take from its current broadcast deal at Fox. Since then, UFC was sold to WME-IMG, stars Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor aren't actively fighting in the sport, and ratings have dropped.

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