Jeez, is ESPN trying to spoil all of the UFC’s surprises? First they ran the results from UFC 120 in their sports ticker before the event played in North America, and now they’re spilling the beans on what Dana White’s announcement is going to be today:
According to ESPN’s “Pardon the Interuption”, the UFC is set to make another major announcement. Their own TV Network, not a TV deal an entire network that will run UFC programing the entire day.
When host Michael Wilbon made the announcement, his co-host Tony Kornheiser pointed out that his current cable provider already has “75,000? channels and plenty of room for the UFC.
The NFL network has paid off big dividends for the countries biggest sport and the New York Yankees “Yes Network” is estimated to be worth over $3 Billion. The Yes network is worth four times it’s original worth since it’s inception six years ago, according to the New York Times.
If the UFC does decide today to announce the network, it is possible that we could see a channel that will feature some of the UFC, PRIDE FC and WEC’s past events running twenty-four hours a day along with a ton of new shows that are focused on the companies’ past events.
We’ll still have to wait until 1pm EST for White to share the exact details on what form the channel will take – will it be some kind of extensive On Demand channel? Will it show the latest PPVs a week or two after air date? Do we get foreign events live with this? What about prelim fights? This could be the coolest thing ever (ie a reasonably priced Netflix-type app for XBox and PS3 that lets you watch nearly everything) or very lame (an overpriced channel only available in 10% of the country that becomes a dumping ground for Best of PRIDE and UFC Unleashed reruns).
*UPDATE* ESPN wuz wrong!