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The UFC isn’t messing around with bar owners

A few days ago we shared with you how much UFC referees get paid. Today let’s look at how much you can be sued for if you illegally show a UFC event at your bar:

Hoover said about two dozen people were watching “UFC 121″ at Jake’s the night of the Lesnar-Velasquez fight. Most were standing near one of four televisions on which the pay-per-view was shown, he said. Jake’s did not charge for people to get in, he said.

Peterson wasn’t sure what rate Zuffa would have charged Jake’s to broadcast the fights. But, he said, the bar benefitted financially by showing them because it attracted more customers than it otherwise would have.

Zuffa is seeking $10,000 in statutory damages because Jake’s improperly showed “UFC 121.” That’s the maximum allowed by federal law. It also requested $25,000 in enhanced damages for willfully broadcasting the event and benefitting commercially. The maximum allowed under federal law is $100,000. Peterson said Zuffa is also requesting $3,940 in attorney’s fees.

So play a UFC event at your sportsbar and be prepared to pay around $39,000, up to $110,000+. It’s worth noting that the owner of Jake’s also sold the bar (now called the Emerald Pub) and dropped off the face of the earth, so you can add broken dreams to the cost of publicly pirating a UFC event. Coming up next in our ‘How Much?’ series, how much the UFC wants out of fans who watch illegal streams online!

  • Reverend Clint says:

    wow what should be illegal is stupid fines like this. make the guy pay his $65 for the event plus $10 for every person that attended, Fuck the UFC and other corps for going after people like this.

  • kwagnuth says:

    Going after the little guy can be bad for business for sure. Specially if that shit makes the news.

  • TheMiddleagedAssAssin says:

    Dude, thats totally a picture of my kind of bar.

    It gives me that warm feeling at a cellular level like drunken sex with a bar girl.

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  • frickshun says:

    Luckily, I have several bars in my area to choose from. Most bars in Long Island have no cover & some a-hole bars in NYC do charge a cover b/c they’re cunts.

    Either way, I’ll watch @ my bosses or stream it illegally. What were we talking about again?

  • agentsmith says:

    I don’t think anyone in Toronto has a cover for UFC fights, but that was common in Calgary when I lived there.  I still wonder if it’s actually legal to do so.

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  • Jeremy says:

    Fuck it, streamers gonna stream.

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