While the UFC is returning to Germany this year with less controversy than they caused last year, they’ve still got a pretty big problem: pesky ‘human dignity’ provisions in the German constitution keep the sport off national TV. So what’s the update with that?
“We’ve been through a couple of hearings, and depending on what happens at which level and who appeals what, the soonest would be around six months,” Zelaznik said, “But it could be another nine to 12 months.”
The success of the lawsuit could carry major implications for the UFC’s broadcast footprint within the country.
“There are networks that broadcast from within other states within Germany who have shown interest in the UFC but aren’t prepared to commit to the UFC until this lawsuit is resolved,” Zelaznik said. “So we have options that we’re waiting to take advantage of once the litigation is gone.”
For the time being, Zuffa has teamed up with sports site Spox.com to stream the event to anyone in Germany who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get it. Although I would like to remind you that any attempt to access this show through non-official means is illegal and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.