Eleven Sports “miscalculation” serves as wake-up call to sports providers

Eleven Sports’ distribution headaches have served as a pressing “wake-up call” to sports providers looking to break into the UK’s saturated market. The embattled sports SVOD is on the brink of closure just four months after launching in the UK and Ireland, due in large part to what TBI understands was a “miscalculated” risk that […]

UFC strikes deal in the Middle East

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has struck a new long-term exclusive carriage deal with combat sports outfit UFC. The renewal means that all UFC content including live events, pre and post-event shows, and The Ultimate Fighter reality series, will be available exclusively for OSN subscribers in the region.  OSN and UFC together will also […]

UFC sold for $4bn

A WME-IMG-led consortium has acquired mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship for around US$4 billion. According to various US reports, investors including Silver Lake Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Michael S. Dell’s MSD Capital are part of the group. WME-IMG will not actively run the company, but led the investment group. They have acquired […]

BT up for the fight with UFC deal

UK telco BT has secured pay TV rights to show European and Asian fights from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. BT will show the fights on its BT Sport channel. The deal with the UFC gives it live bouts from the Emea Fight Nights and delayed broadcasts of the Asia Fight Nights. The telco and mixed […]

Peace Point grapples with ultimate fighting feature doc

Canadian distributor Peace Point has take international rights to The DNA of GSP, a feature documentary about Ultimate Fighting Championship star Georges St-Pierre (GSP). Peace Point has global rights ex-the US and Canada and will launch the show at NATPE in Miami later this month. The film follows GSP as he trains and takes part […]