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The UFC may be staying on BT Sports


There was widespread condemnation amongst MMA fans throughout the UK when it emerged that BT Sports had pulled out of negotiations to retain the UFC back in the summer. There were more groans when it emerged newcomer Eleven Sports won the rights.

Eleven Sports, are a sports streaming service, who had hoped to become a sports version of Netflix. They entered the UK market this summer, winning the rights to La Liga, Serie A, several other football league’s and then the UFC.

The UFC’s deal was due to finish with BT Sports at the end of December and start with Eleven Sports at the start of January. That now may not be happening.

The Daily Telegraph are reporting that the UFC have triggered an exit clause on their deal due to Eleven Sports not having secured a TV deal with any of the major platforms. This was, The Daily Telegraph, say a requirement for the UFC when they signed the deal.

It now seems Eleven Sports are on the brink of pulling out of their UK operations.

The Daily Telegraph are reporting that the UFC are this week in emergency discussions about a new deal with its existing partner BT Sport to ensure fans can continue to access coverage.

An Eleven Sports spokesman said: “Without carriage agreements with the existing platforms, alongside the challenges posed by rampant piracy, the current market dynamics in the UK and Ireland are very hostile for new entrants.

“We are in discussions with our rights partners, La Liga and IMG, about how we can restructure our existing agreements in order to continue our current OTT [streaming] service.”

It seems that Eleven Sports have not sold enough subscriptions in the UK, with reports of only 50000 subscribers paying £5.99 a month.

A pay-TV source told The Daily Telegraph, “These guys were just totally naive about how easy it would be for them to get distribution, which is the absolute key. The problem was they just didn’t have the funding to take the time it takes to do these deals.

“They thought they could just turn up and get wholesale in a couple of months, but the complexity of the technology integration as well as the commercial terms is massive. The other guys trying to do streaming, like Amazon and Dazn, just have deeper pockets and can afford to lose money for longer.”

The UFC has been shown on BT Sports for a number of years now leading to a familiar feel for fans in the UK.

If the UFC and BT Sports can reach a deal, would you be happy with it?

 



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59 Comments

  • Chris Crompton
    12/12/2018 at 7:00 pm

    Lewis Beattie

  • Joe Kerr
    12/12/2018 at 6:57 pm

    Tadhg Damien James Chris Dale 👌🏻

  • Callum McRae
    12/12/2018 at 6:53 pm

    Sean Waste

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    12/12/2018 at 6:51 pm

    Shane McDermid

  • Aaron Major
    12/12/2018 at 6:50 pm

    Craig Woodall 👌👌👌👌

  • Chris Potter
    12/12/2018 at 6:50 pm

    Sarah Barnett 🤞🏻

  • Jason Stott
    12/12/2018 at 6:46 pm

    I recently signed a 5 yr contract with BT Sport. I only watch The UFC on it. Will I be able to get out of it?

  • Craig Gourlay
    12/12/2018 at 6:35 pm

    Rob Gourlay

  • Jack Holmes
    12/12/2018 at 6:35 pm

    Shaun King Kyle J. Smith good news for us hardcore fans

  • Matt Kelly
    12/12/2018 at 6:32 pm

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  • Angela Marshall
    12/12/2018 at 6:25 pm

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  • Kyle Ward
    12/12/2018 at 6:23 pm

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  • Ade Phillips
    12/12/2018 at 6:22 pm

    The only reason I’m on BT for my phone/internet and I doubt I’m the only one

  • Craig McEwan
    12/12/2018 at 6:14 pm

    Gary Moreland

  • Kev Macaulay
    12/12/2018 at 6:10 pm

    Tam Cameron

  • Mark Vasey
    12/12/2018 at 6:05 pm

    Kev Morrison

  • Martin Howie
    12/12/2018 at 6:02 pm

    Scott Tragis Ryan Davidovic I really hope this is the case

  • Daniel KE
    12/12/2018 at 5:58 pm
  • Daniel KE
    12/12/2018 at 5:58 pm

    Just read that’s it’s pretty much confirmed will stay on bt

  • Anna Toal
    12/12/2018 at 5:57 pm

    They need to pick a lane

  • Joey Boland
    12/12/2018 at 5:55 pm

    Christopher Gitser Geraghty

  • Gary Wadsworth
    12/12/2018 at 5:55 pm

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  • Ryan Sweeney
    12/12/2018 at 5:51 pm

    Paul Scanlan here’s hoping there is some truth to this! Makes sense to me

  • Terry Kearney
    12/12/2018 at 5:49 pm

    Conor Mc Laughlin told u too wait lol

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    12/12/2018 at 5:46 pm

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  • Owen Price
    12/12/2018 at 5:43 pm

    Sam Cheema

  • Conor Mc Laughlin
    12/12/2018 at 5:43 pm

    The so 50 pounds went to 11 sport for nothing

  • Chris Marsh
    12/12/2018 at 5:41 pm

    Kev Phelan

  • Richard Stoker
    12/12/2018 at 5:33 pm

    Neil Wells

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    12/12/2018 at 5:32 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:32 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:31 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:30 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:30 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:28 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:28 pm

    Rob Carson 👍🏻👌🏻

  • Lisa Toms
    12/12/2018 at 5:25 pm

    James Grierson

  • Gavin Stephenson
    12/12/2018 at 5:25 pm

    Shaun Oggy Stephenson hope this is true

  • Shaun Aldred
    12/12/2018 at 5:22 pm

    Gary Davies

  • Ricky Harvey
    12/12/2018 at 5:22 pm
  • Jon Moss
    12/12/2018 at 5:22 pm

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  • Chris Scadden
    12/12/2018 at 5:21 pm

    Thank fuck for that.

  • Kevin Hood
    12/12/2018 at 5:20 pm

    James Smith David Sneddon 🙏

  • Andy Bayes
    12/12/2018 at 5:20 pm

    Everything crossed! Just signed a new 18 month contract with bt, am/was not looking forward to it on eleven

  • Ruben Apolinario
    12/12/2018 at 5:19 pm

    Yes please 👍

  • Grant Freeland
    12/12/2018 at 5:18 pm

    Scott Lanning Scott David Higgins

  • Graeme Milne
    12/12/2018 at 5:17 pm

    Calum McIvor

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    12/12/2018 at 5:17 pm

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  • Thomas Owen
    12/12/2018 at 5:15 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:14 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:14 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:12 pm

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    12/12/2018 at 5:12 pm

    Clint McCarthy

  • Steven J Farquhar
    12/12/2018 at 5:11 pm

    Paul Coull 🤞🤞🤞

  • Lisa Platt
    12/12/2018 at 5:11 pm

    hope so🙏🏻

  • Nick Fenwick
    12/12/2018 at 5:10 pm

    Antony Roose

  • Josh Markham
    12/12/2018 at 5:09 pm

    Thank fuck

  • Christopher Andrew
    12/12/2018 at 5:08 pm

    Oh god I just cancelled my subscription 🙈

  • Daniel KE
    12/12/2018 at 5:05 pm

    Keep us posted mma uk big news ! Ufc press coverage in the uk is shocking