MMA UFC and HBO deal rumors

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  1. RMarks

    RMarks New Member

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    I hope this happens, now all they need to do is sign some more big names.

    From MMAweekly:

    The UFC plans to run a very large amount of shows in 2007 and is very close to a television deal with HBO, the Wrestling Observer reports.

    The Observer reports that the negotiations between Zuffa and HBO are serious enough that a deal between the two sides is "likely" to be reached in the near future. The UFC shows on HBO would be in addition to all of the UFC shows on pay-per-view and Spike TV, and would not replace the PPV or Spike deals. The deal with HBO might also place limits on the speech of UFC president Dana White in terms of how negative he is allowed to be when talking about boxing in the future, according to the Observer.

    Additionally, the Observer reports that regardless of whether or not a deal is finalized between Zuffa and HBO, Zuffa is planning to run a staggering number of UFC shows in 2007.

    Zuffa's current plan for 2007 is to run "about eleven" UFC pay-per-view events (priced at $39.95 per event), plus 6-8 Spike TV events (which includes 4-6 Ultimate Fight Night events and the live finales of TUF 5 and TUF 6), plus an unspecified number of HBO events if a deal can be finalized.

    As it is, 2006 is scheduled to have nine UFC pay-per-view events by the time the year is over. After running four PPVs in the first half of 2006, Zuffa has PPVs planned for July, August, September, October, and November of 2006, which means that nine UFC PPVs will have taken place in 2006. The plan in 2007 is to expand that number to ten or eleven PPV events during the year.

    There will also be six or seven UFC events on Spike TV in 2006 by the time this year is over, and that number is poised to grow to as much as eight in 2007. In addition to the live finales of TUF 3 (in June) and TUF 4 (in November), 2006 will have also featured Ultimate Fight Night 3 in January, UFN 4 in April, UFN 5 in June, UFN 6 on August 17th, and possibly UFN 7 later in 2006. The plan for 2007, in addition to the TUF 5 and TUF 6 live finales, is to run somewhere between four and six Ultimate Fight Night events.

    As previously reported by MMAWeekly, the announcements about the TV deal between Spike TV and Zuffa touted Spike as being the "exclusive cable home of the UFC," but that technically means basic cable, which allows Zuffa to also strike a deal with a pay TV channel such as HBO. The UFC events on HBO would not replace those on Spike, but HBO would be very likely to get the biggest shows that Zuffa produces other than its own PPV shows.
     
  2. Phill A. Peno

    Phill A. Peno It's Filipino, stupid. OTTC, Cycling Crew, WRX Cr OT Supporter

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    Besides more fights, I hope they are broadcasted in HD.
     
  3. Drunk Bastard Audio

    Drunk Bastard Audio New Member

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    wonder how this would work, since the UFN's (Spike) are mostly for the upcomers....PPV for the main eventer/title contenders....where would this leave HBO events?
     
  4. JustGod

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    They would need to add more talent. :x:
     
  5. Drunk Bastard Audio

    Drunk Bastard Audio New Member

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    And with the Spike and HBO deals...they should have a shitload for payroll....let's just hope they don't continue their skimpy wage scale.
     
  6. brolli

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    Just another step closer to becoming "main stream". I wonder if this means the UFC will have worked fights...
     
  7. IntheWorks

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    that's just to many "hands in the pot" IMO... I don't think it's a good move.
     
  8. Placebo

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  9. Optimus prime

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    Maybe if UFC will be on HBO. UFC will have more money and more talented athletic people will do MMA. This will improve the level of MMA and maybe the fights will be even better.
     
  10. Kuet

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    thank you captain obvious ..... the fights can get MUCH better, the cards too :x:
     
  11. Skeletor

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    This could definitely improve my opinion of the UFC
     
  12. Optimus prime

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    I agree. I only download 1 or 2 fights of a UFC event, but I download all of almost all fights of a Pride event.
     
  13. Phill A. Peno

    Phill A. Peno It's Filipino, stupid. OTTC, Cycling Crew, WRX Cr OT Supporter

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    It be nice if you also bought some fights.
     
  14. BlackIce72

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    lol UFC isn't mainstream? I beg to differ
     
  15. Optimus prime

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    I have bought a few MMA DVD's, but I like to see all the good fights.
     
  16. Optimus prime

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    Why should UFC do worked fights if they go main stream ? Boxing is main stream. There are no worked matches in present time that I know. I mean in the big fights.
     

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