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UFC and Spike TV could be on verge of new deal

According to Multichannel News, Spike TV and the UFC are close to extending their contract beyond 2008. The multi-year deal could be worth approximately $100 million.

I don’t know what the last contract paid the UFC but I’m making the assumption that the new deal would be an increase over their current deal. The report also says that more events will be televised under the new agreement.

I will be curious to see if the new deal somehow includes the TV rights to UFC 75. I talked to someone this week who confirmed that UFC 75 could indeed potentially be televised on Spike TV but I was told that “it will come down to money.”

  • says:

    I hope 75’s not on SPIKE – I couldn’t take the commercials. If 76 really has a Liddell/Jardine main event, that’s the one that should be relegated to SPIKE.

  • says:

    There is no way 76 is going to be on Spike. Liddell makes the UFC way to much PPV money. And with Fitch-Sanchez, Shogun-Machida, Tanner’s possible return as well the card is worthy of being a PPV overall. You could see 75 on Spike more realistically because of the last time the UFC went to England. But I think that might make it to PPV as well, like the Ireland card.

  • says:

    So if they ink the new deal with Spike and sign a deal with HBO, does that mean they will hold 2 or 3 events every month?

  • says:

    who knows what’s going on with the HBO deal. But this Spike deal if worth what they say it is would cover the cost of buying Pride easily.

  • says:

    With the recent coverage and growing acceptance from ESPN, I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC ended up signing with ESPN instead of HBO. However, I do believe that a deal with ESPN won’t be signed until 2008, if it happens at all.


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