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ESPN, UFC Announce and Outline Huge Multi-Year Deal

UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and The Walt Disney Company’s new Direct-To-Consumer and International segment along with ESPN, today announced the full scope of the historic multi-year agreement that makes ESPN-branded media platforms the exclusive digital and television home of the UFC in the United States, further expanding streaming rights to UFC on ESPN+ and building upon the agreement revealed earlier this month.
 
Starting in January 2019, ESPN+ and ESPN become the exclusive digital and linear distributors in the United States for UFC, showcasing 42 live events, 30 of which will feature a full card of 12 UFC bouts.  ESPN linear networks will broadcast 10 exclusive events as well as all UFC pay-per-view preliminary fights, while ESPN+, the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, will offer 20 exclusive events and all preliminary fights for “UFC on ESPN Fight Night” programs.  Events broadcast on ESPN will be branded “UFC on ESPN Fight Night,” while events streamed live on ESPN+ will carry the “UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night” moniker.  With this agreement, the only destination where fans can watch all UFC programming is the ESPN app, and in the future, the full breadth of content will be available on ESPN+.
 
Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks said, “ESPN’s unparalleled multimedia platform is the perfect home for the UFC and will deliver tremendous value to both parties.  UFC fans are passionate and loyal and we plan to bring the full power of ESPN’s live coverage, powerful storytelling and unmatched distribution to serve them in an unprecedented fashion. We can’t wait to get started.”

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Added Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-To-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company, “The expansion of our relationship with UFC is an exciting development for fight fans.  Delivering 20 exclusive UFC fight nights per year and a host of original content to UFC’s young, passionate and tech-savvy fan base, makes ESPN+ the clear new digital home for UFC and further establishes our new service as the leading platform for direct-to-consumer sports streaming.”
 
Dana White, President, UFC said, “Every year for the last 18 years, we have taken this sport and brand to another level. We find innovative ways to promote our athletes and build stars. Today is another monumental day for UFC, our athletes, and our fans. We are now part of the ESPN family, recognized around the world as the pinnacle in sports broadcasting. I am very excited for this next chapter for UFC.” With more than 280 million fans around the world, UFC boasts the youngest fan base among major professional sports organizations in the US with a median age of 40 and an audience comprising 40% millennials.
 
UFC on ESPN

Fight Nights           Platform          # of Events
UFC on ESPN+     Fight Night      ESPN+  20
UFC on ESPN       Fight Night *    ESPN networks  10
UFC PPV              Preliminary Fights  ESPN networks  12

* Prelims for UFC on ESPN Fight Night will be streamed live on ESPN+  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LoadedWraps on 10-10-2018

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18797482]UFC(r), the world's premier mixed martial arts organization, and The Walt Disney Company's new Direct-To-Consumer and International segment along with ESPN, today announced the full scope of the historic multi-year agreement that makes ESPN-branded media platforms the exclusive digital and…

Comment by MasterPlan on 10-10-2018

Lookin back at this, I'm actually surprised by the low number of cards UFC will have on ESPN. 10 Shows on ESPN 20 Shows on ESPN+ Compared to the Top Rank deal. 18 Shows on ESPN 12 Shows on ESPN+…

Comment by Mitchell Kane on 06-12-2018

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Comment by Scipio2009 on 05-31-2018

[QUOTE=lanker rom;18821261]Well its important to ask of those old 40 how many were on fox or fs1 and how many were on ppv. With this new deal I believe it says about 22 will be on a ESPN network (so…

Comment by lanker rom on 05-31-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18797677]If I'm reading this whole thing right, it'd seem as if ESPN ended up with the whole deal. 12 UFC PPV events, 10 events for ESPN, 20 events for ESPN+ (I believe the prelims for the PPV are also on…

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