Deal Done: ESPN+ to be exclusive home of UFC PPV events in the U.S.; Fans Not Happy

March 19, 2019 by Jack Ol

UFC fans are not happy with the recent announcement made by the UFC on Monday. The UFC president Dana White revealed that UFC has signed a new deal with ESPN extending their contract with 2 more years until 2025.

As per the agreement, ESPN+ is the exclusive distributor of UFC events and fans in the US will have to buy the UFC's PPV events through ESPN+. The subscription to ESPN+ charger $4.99 a month. The deal will start with UFC 236 on April 13 that features the lightweight championship bout between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier.

ESPN signed a 5-year deal worth $1.5 million last year with UFC which nabbed the TV rights from Fox Sports. Though the details about the recent deal is not revealed, analysts estimate that ESPN+ will cost Disney from $200 million to $500 million in its first year.

More details about the Deal:

  • New ESPN+ subscribers will be charged $79.99 for a yearlong subscription that includes one pay-per-view event while the current ESPN+ subscribers will be able to buy pay-per-views for $59.99 each.
  • The ESPN+ base subscription package is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. ESPN+ will be the home for 20 UFC “Fight Night” events in 2018.
  • According to a news release, additional packaging options may become available in the future.

Fans seem quite unhappy with the announcement. Here are some of the Twitter Reactions: