ESPN and UFC have extended and expanded their broadcast deal.
- Not only will ESPN’s deal with UFC add two years on the end, but ESPN+ will become the exclusive home to PPV matches in the U.S.
- The deal now runs through 2025.
- Under the new model, viewers will be required to have an ESPN+ subscription, which cost $4.99 a month.
- New ESPN+ subscribers will be offered a $79.99 yearlong package that includes one fight, reports MMAJunkie.
- Additional fights or existing providers will pay $59.99 per fight.
- Fights normally cost $64.99, so the price is essentially “discounting” the fight cost to incorporate the cost fo ESPN+.
- However, many fans unhappy with the deal point out the new model doesn’t make as much sense for those only wanting to view select games.
- ESPN will not be selling PPV rights through traditional cable and satellite providers, reports Sports Business Daily.
- The UFC itself will continue to sell PPV rights to bars and restaurants.
- Neither ESPN or the UFC would comment on terms of the deal, but Sports Business Daily reports that UFC typically brings in about $250 million in PPV revenue over 12 games.
- The UFC typically takes about 60 percent of revenue from various providers.