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Jason Cruz of MMA Payout is reporting that the UFC is asking a high price to carry it’s product- but it may have trouble getting it. 450 million dollars per year is a steep increase from the current FOX deal, 120 million.

The Sports Business Journal reports the UFC’s current state of negotiating a new media rights package once its deal with FOX is up. Currently, the new asking price of $450M per year is a stiff increase that is not garnering a lot of interest at this point.

The current deal with FOX is worth $120 million per year (with it jumping to $160 million for the last year) for the 7 year deal which ends at the end of 2018. The UFC is looking to increase its rights fee to $450 million per year. Traditional media companies appear to be weary of the hefty ask.

The UFC has been considering other options- Amazon, for instance, might be a potential contender to carry the UFC product on it’s all-digital platform. That would be a move without precedent, and a risky one.

There is another concern for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s negotiating power: they might have competition from the WWE.

SBJ notes that with the WWE’s media rights deal coming up in the fall of 2019, the market and bargaining leverage might be hindered for the UFC. WWE has met with Fox earlier this summer as part of the pro wrestling company’s road show with various networks “to show the power of its programming.” The WWE’s deal with NBC in 2017 is estimated at $180 million.


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