Originally Posted by Budhisten
The UFC makes their money from PPVs and a bit from their FOX deal. The WWE is the other way around, they make most of their money from TV deals and endorsements and very little off their PPVs.
That has put them in a position to include all the PPVs in the WWE Network subscription.
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If the UFC say averaged 400,000 PPV buys x $60 that's 24 million. I imagine half of that goes to the cable provider, so that's 12 million for the UFC. That means 100,000 people buying a UFC channel with all PPV's at $10/month would equal that amount. They could easily get more than that if all PPV's were included. Plus public places would still show UFC and that's where a lot of buys come from. (this is assuming all my math was correct)
It's the difference between Vince McMahon and Dana White. Dana White is threatening to throw everyone in jail and telling people to get more friends, whereas Vince McMahon is accepting that it's 2014, less people buy PPV's, but now people will be able to view them in an affordable way while the corporation still rakes in the money.