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l3ft3lbow 10-05-2007 07:20 PM

HBO, UFC Part Ways. It's a No-Go.
 
Pity, as I would have subscribed to HBO for this. Guess I'll have to stick to the PPVs and SpikeTV. Good news for Spike.

HBO, UFC Part Ways - 10/5/2007 12:58:00 PM - Multichannel News

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Carriage Negotiations Break Down After Lengthy Negotiations
R. THomas Umstead -- Multichannel News, 10/5/2007 12:58:00 PM

The long-rumored distribution deal between Home Box Office and Ultimate Fighting Championship has been KO’d.

The premium service said it will not air live UFC combat sports eventson its network in the near future, ending more than a year of negotiations.

“After lots of discussion it became apparent that the business model doesn’t make sense for either one of us. So we agreed to go our separate ways,” said HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg in a statement. “You never know what the future holds. We have enormous respect and admiration for the executives we dealt with at the UFC. We wish them well.”

HBO has been in talks with UFC about carrying live UFC events on the 28-million subscriber pay service, but sources close to both sides said the discussions had heated up over the past two months. In fact, UFC President Dana White was quoted in the Miami Herald this past August guaranteeing a HBO/UFC deal by the end of 2007, saying that it would “definitely be in place for a winter fight.”

Representatives for the UFC could not be reached for comment at press time.

The HBO/UFC breakdown could bode well for Spike TV, which is hoping to extend its deal with the UFC — which includes the popular reality series The Ultimate Fighter — before it expires sometime next year.

The network’s Sept. 8 airing of the UFC 75 event featuring UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson drew 4.7 million viewers, the most watched UFC event ever in North America and the most-watched non-World Wrestling Entertainment show in Spike's history, according to the network.

Spike officials said the network is “optimistic” it can reach an accord with the combat sports outfit.
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Fedor>all 10-05-2007 08:22 PM

The UFC doesn't need HBO, HBO needs the UFC.

hollando 10-05-2007 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Fedor>all
The UFC doesn't need HBO, HBO needs the UFC.

no but i think the ufc needs a second outlet for there brand

slapshot 10-06-2007 04:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Fedor>all
The UFC doesn't need HBO, HBO needs the UFC.

I wish they did maybe the deal would have been made. :(

They still have a few other options if they want to do a deal with Showtime that would be just about the same, Showtime sponsors a lot of boxing as it is so who knows.

loller90278 10-06-2007 04:31 AM

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Originally Posted by slapshot
I wish they did maybe the deal would have been made. :(

They still have a few other options if they want to do a deal with Showtime that would be just about the same, Showtime sponsors a lot of boxing as it is so who knows.

showtime is the home of elitexc so i dont think thats going to happen.

slapshot 10-06-2007 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by loller90278
showtime is the home of elitexc so i dont think thats going to happen.

Just depends on the contract but your probibly right.

elardo 10-06-2007 04:48 AM

I\'m actually happy to hear this, because I buy every ppv and I don\'t need to spend more on HBO fights as well. I like the way it\'s going now, I\'ll pay for the ppvs and eventually am rewarded with a free Spike event. It\'s nice.

slapshot 10-06-2007 05:00 AM

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Originally Posted by elardo
I\'m actually happy to hear this, because I buy every ppv and I don\'t need to spend more on HBO fights as well. I like the way it\'s going now, I\'ll pay for the ppvs and eventually am rewarded with a free Spike event. It\'s nice.

PPv\'s are the only thing I have to pay for so it would be sweet for me. :thumb02:

kds13 10-06-2007 10:45 AM

This doesn\'t really bother me either way...and actually it may be a good thing. The UFC was gonna have to use all of HBO\'s production team. No Rogan, no Goldie...thats not really UFC to me. I\'ve gotten so used to them it would be weird to not have them there.

Also, the current set-up with Spike and PPV\'s seems to be working perfectly. I don\'t see why they would change it.

jasvll 10-06-2007 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by kds13
This doesn\'t really bother me either way...and actually it may be a good thing. The UFC was gonna have to use all of HBO\'s production team. No Rogan, no Goldie...thats not really UFC to me. I\'ve gotten so used to them it would be weird to not have them there.

I wouldn\'t want to lose them, but I wouldn\'t mind a few UFC events covered independently of UFC.

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Also, the current set-up with Spike and PPV\'s seems to be working perfectly. I don\'t see why they would change it.
I think Spike will always be a losing deal for UFC, revenue wise. It\'s essentially a commercial for the UFC product. The money Colgate spends on commercials for toothpaste is made up in sales of toothpaste, not people watching commercials. Zuffa is looking for a TV deal that creates another product line, something I don\'t think basic cable will ever be able to offer. Opinion, not fact.


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