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View Poll Results: Should UFC abandon their undisclosed bonus system?

Yes, it's gotta go in order for the company to grow and for dana to stop blaming teh internet 4 36.36%
No, why should financial information be disclosed. 7 63.64%
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Should UFC abandon their undisclosed bonus system?

The undisclosed bonus system served the UFC well for several years, however, it is becoming clear that the company has outgrown it. It's time to let the sunlight in--transparency is the answer. As long as the company's pay scale is secret, paranoia and distrust will be the order of the day, ever increasing as the sport, the money, and the egos involved continue to grow.
If the UFC wants to be accepted by the professional sports establishment it has to play by the same rules. Just like the UFC, the privately owned franchises of the NFL and MLB closely guard much of their financial information, with one key exception: player salaries. This fact undoubtedly has a lot to do with the player's unions which is a fact that in and of itself should encourage the UFC to act voluntarily. At the end of the day this can happen the easy way, or the hard way: at the hands of organized labor. A labor dispute is something that the sport can ill afford as it stands on the threshold of mainstream acceptance.

Dana White's leadership of the UFC, and the sport of MMA by default, has been nothing short of brilliant for the entirety of his tenure at Zuffa. But now he faces a new challenge, one that could realistically threaten all the progress he's worked so hard for. How he responds may indeed determine the future of the mixed martial-arts. Let the light shine.

credit: PAYOUT: The Business of MMA: Greater Transparency is the Answer
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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jasvil, quit slacking i expected your full analytical breakdown on this.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I believe that this information should be public but there is a large problem that keeps dana and the fertittas from doing it...

imagine if that info went public, Fighter A has a higher ranking or is more popular than Fighter B but is paid less. and upon finding this out, Fighter A remembers how dana assured him that he is getting paid more than Fighter B, but it is obvious that is not the case anymore.

What does Fighter A do? he asks for a pay raise, and if he doesnt get it he threatens to elope to another rising organization, hurting the UFC while at the same time creating competition.

while we have no idea what fighters pay is REALLY like, i think its safe to say most of them are underpaid and lied to.
that is the simple reason dana will NEVER make salary information accessible by the public.
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