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    Default UFC boss not stressing FOX Sports 1's issues with cable providers

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    Dana White today said he isn't worried that the UFC's debut on the new FOX Sports 1 cable channel could fall short of its expected broadcast reach.

    Although the channel has yet to cut deals with several cable companies, the UFC president said, "This is what FOX does. They build networks, and they negotiate with these different systems. A lot of times, these things go right down to the wire.

    "Am I worried about it? Not one bit."

    It certainly is getting down to the wire when it comes to making sure the channel is available in as many households as it promised. When FOX Sports 1's launch was announced, officials estimated it would be available in 90 million households when it goes live on Saturday. The number is on par with other cable sports channels.

    If, however, FOX is unable to strike deals with cable providers such as Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network, it will be seen in drastically fewer homes. The media companies have yet to strike a carriage deal for how much the cable providers will pay the network for its programming.

    Without a deal, viewership numbers for the network's flagship programming, including Saturday's UFC Fight Night 26 event at Boston's TD Garden, could take a big short-term hit.

    White, though, is focusing on the success of the event, which gets primetime placement on the new channel.

    During a media teleconference in support of the fight card, the promoter took the first few minutes of the call to address the situation.

    "I'm not worried about it, (and) I'm not thinking about it," he said. "I have no control over this thing. It's not what I do. So, whatever happens, happens this week, and I really have nothing else to say about it."

    According to a story in this past month's Sports Business Journal, one possible sticking point between the channel and the cable providers is over subscriber fees. FOX Sports 1 reportedly wants 80 cents per subscriber at the outset and could charge $1.50 by the end of the deal. Currently, several cable companies pay around 23 per subscriber for Speed, which is being rebranded as FOX Sports 1.

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    as long as it's on comcast xfinnity i dont care who else get its

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    From what I've been hearing, they're basically going to give whatever the ratings are for this card a mulligan, since the service issues and network launch are going to obviously lead to many viewers unaware or unable to receive it.

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    i heard someone say today that it doesnt look like it will be avaliable in canada? something to do with the crtc not wanting the new fox sports channel to decimate the canadian sports channels like tsn and sportsnet?
    the broadcast of ufc on fox sports 1 is going to be available via sportsnet360 i believe

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    I'm still confused by this new "FS1" station, specifically what kinds of sports will be aired live. How will Fox incorporate it's NFL coverage into the new station--can they just pull all of their NFL games off regular Fox and put them exclusively on FS1? I don't expect them to do that, but I'm just curious as to how much leverage they have with these cable companies.

    FYI: I did some research on carriage fees, and on average, ESPN costs $4.70/month. FS1 looking for $0.80 - $1.50/month.

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    i heard someone say today that it doesnt look like it will be avaliable in canada? something to do with the crtc not wanting the new fox sports channel to decimate the canadian sports channels like tsn and sportsnet?
    the broadcast of ufc on fox sports 1 is going to be available via sportsnet360 i believe
    Just curious from a business perspective but what's the nature of Sportnet360's agreement to re-broadcast UFC content. Do they have a deal with Fox or the UFC directly? How does that work?

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    2011: UFC® AND SPORTSNET AGREE TO FOUR-YEAR DEAL
    Broadcast Agreement Makes Sportsnet Home of the UFC® in Canada

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    FYI For those in Canada, Sportsnet is showing the entire card, prelims and all, starting at 5pm est on sat. Cant wait.

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    Anyone know if Chael is going to be fighting on the card has he been approved to fight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mma #1 fan View Post
    Anyone know if Chael is going to be fighting on the card has he been approved to fight?
    UFC President Dana White Sours on Boston, “Great to Hang Out, Not a Great Place to Put on Fights”

    UFC president Dana White loves Boston, but following Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen event at the TD Gardens, it may be a while before he signs off on returning to the market.

    The UFC has had to jump through numerous hoops to get its event all the way to fight day, and White is none too appreciative of that. In fact, when asked if the issues the company has had to deal with in getting Shogun vs. Sonnen off the ground affect his thinking about returning, he couldn’t deny it.

    “I'd be a liar if I said no,” White said during a Monday conference call promoting the show.

    One of the first hurdles the promotion ran into was a state requirement that all fighters have a social security number to be eligible to compete. That sounds simple enough, but it was troublesome considering many of the fighters on the card are from outside the United States.

    Another issue developed when the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) was unsure how to handle Chael Sonnen’s testosterone replacement therapy due to its lack of experience in the matter.

    If that weren’t enough, Unite Here – otherwise known as the Culinary Union – did its best to sabotage the event, filing separate complaints that minors should not be allowed to attend the event and that Sonnen should be denied a license “because Mr. Sonnen has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.”

    The “moral turpitude” claim stems from Sonnen’s January 2011 conviction on federal money laundering.

    In reality, White believes the Culinary Union’s complaints had little to do with the charges cited in their letters. They had more to do with the fact that the union is battling to unionize Station Casinos, which is owned by UFC co-owners the Fertitta brothers.


    “What they want is Station Casinos,” White declared. “If they get Station Casinos, it's another $10 million a year to the union. So they'll use any dirty tactic and spend as much money as it takes to try to get Station Casinos.”

    The MSAC held a hearing this past Thursday to consider Sonnen’s TRT usage and the Culinary Union’s complaints.

    The UFC eventually met all of the requirements on the social security issue, Sonnen’s TRT usage was approved contingent upon meeting specified testosterone levels both pre- and post-fight, and the Culinary Union complaints were eventually shot down, but enduring the process didn’t sit well with White.

    Having grown up in the region and having lived for a time in Boston, White loves the city and is a fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, but he may be inclined to save Boston for his personal enjoyment in the future.

    “It's a great place to hang out with my friends and eat, but not a great place to put on fights.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by mma #1 fan View Post
    Anyone know if Chael is going to be fighting on the card has he been approved to fight?
    Yup, got cleared a week or two ago

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