The Multichannel News report we referenced yesterday that indicated the UFC is in talks with ESPN in regard to live programming is now available on the Multichannel web site.
The article makes the following claim:
But Spike may not be the only cable network offering UFC content. The organization is in discussions with HBO, and has had preliminary discussions with ESPN, about securing a distribution deal for additional live events and other UFC content, according to executives from both networks. ESPN, for one, has stepped up its coverage of the UFC, televising the weigh-in of the May 26 UFC 71 main event bout between Chuck Lidell and Quinton Jackson, profiling the UFC on the cover of ESPN the Magazine and televising highlights of UFC events on its signature SportsCenter show. UFC executives could not be reached for comment at press time.
Several months back I wrote a feature on what a deal between the UFC and ESPN would look like. If I get time in the next few days I will revise the article and post it here.