White urges patience from fans, critics, with UFC's
future on Fox - 30th September 2012
UFC hasn't finished out their first full year on their
seven-year deal with Fox, but they've gone through
growing pains throughout 2012 that have brought about
a lot of criticisms of the organization. Numbers have
been down on televised events, and the move to Friday
nights for The Ultimate Fighter has brought about
the lowest ratings in the show's history. Add in an
injury issue that has destroyed the UFC's plans throughout
the year, and there has definitely been a lot of negativity.
White maintains that anyone writing about the UFC's
future, what they should be doing, and where they
should be going, is inherently wrong. After Saturday's
UFC on Fuel 5 event, White once again reiterated his
stance that no one but the UFC knows what's coming,
and disagreed with any notion that the Fox deal has
been a mistake for the UFC.
can't tell you everything we're doing so when
I try to explain it, it's half-assed," White
said in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. "When
I see reporters back home trying to write out our
business model, and 'Here's what they need to do'
shut the f--- up. It drives me crazy. (Reporters)
have no idea what's going on, and (they) try to jump
in the middle and talk about what's wrong and how
to fix it. These guys that start writing these stories
about what's broken, it drives me nuts."
have to sit back and just watch," White continued.
"We're changing everything up. Things are going
to be done completely different than they were. The
answer isn't do less shows. When we were doing five
shows a year, when we were doing eight shows a year
you can't grow the sport with five or eight
shows a year. You can't bring in enough talent, enough
guys can't make money. You can't cultivate all these
different markets. You have to have fights. To get
it done and do it the right way, you've got to have
the TV deals."
like, 'This FOX thing was such a
this and that,'
The FOX thing is the greatest thing to ever f---ing
happen to this sport, and the greatest thing to ever
happen to us. It will be all flushed out in the next
three or four years. It's going to be great
just a lot of work."
Analysis: This is absolutely a marathon for the UFC,
this isn't a deal that was going to immediately vault
them into the stratosphere of popularity - as much
as all of us would have liked to see the sport make
that leap. There's a learning curve, there are growing
pains, there are any number of issues that come up
in figuring out the best way to go about this relationship
with Fox. So it's understandable that things wouldn't
be entirely smooth in this first year. They've got
six more years after 2012 before the deal expires,
and you only need to look at how much things have
shifted for the UFC in the last six years to see how
much things can change in a short period of time.
They've got things they haven't implemented yet, and
we'll see how what they'll be doing and how they'll
be doing it as the next several years play out. That
doesn't mean they should be immune from criticism,
but White does have a reason to preach patience.
Fox top 'must-win' NRL rights fight - 21st August
Nine Network has secured its future by nailing down
the NRL broadcast rights in a joint $1 billion deal
announced with Fox Sports.
Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) announced
on Tuesday that Nine and Fox Sports had secured the
NRL free-to-air and pay TV broadcast rights respectively,
in a five-year deal worth $1.025 billion.
chief executive David Gyngell says the deal, in which
incumbents Nine and Fox Sports trumped bids from the
Seven and Ten networks, had been a must-win for Nine
but that the price is "fair and reasonable".
have certainly stepped up and paid as much money as
we could," Mr Gyngell said.
Gyngell also said the deal - the most valuable in
the history of rugby league broadcast rights - would
be revenue positive.
is an exclusive sports rights' deal," he said.
this deal, we are the only free-to-air network to
have exclusive sport at prime-time."
agreement comprises $925 million in cash, of which
$90 million is paid at the start of the 2013 season,
and $100 million in advertising.
will show three free-to-air matches weekly, while
Fox Sports will have five a week on pay channels.
will also have State of Origin games and an evening
rights were last secured by Nine and Fox Sports in
2005 in a $500 million, six-year deal.
Entertainment, owned by private equity firm CVC, has
about $3.6 billion of debt due for refinancing in
2013 and 2014.
buyer Harold Mitchell, executive chairman of Aegis
Media, said Nine had not overpaid and would meet its
share of the $1.025 billion price tag through advertising
volume hasn't been growing but it hasn't been collapsing,"
Mr Mitchell said.
to any network's success will be sports programming
and (Nine) are a stronger network with it than without
secures their future."
Mitchell said the $1 billion deal was a positive sign
for Australia's advertising market, which was in "unbelievably
good shape compared to the rest of the world".
head of equities research Peter Warnes said Nine had
paid a fair price but also had to secure the rugby
league as a key driver of audience numbers.
would Nine be if they lost it? They had to win it,"
Mr Warnes said.
think they've probably paid a fair price.
it been $1.2 billion, it would have been over the
Network had been rumoured to have secured a package
of NRL games ahead of Tuesday's announcement but is
now without either rugby league or AFL, the rights
to which are held by Seven.
Mitchell said the NRL deal "places Ten in a difficult
Sports is an Australian group of sports channels.
They are owned by the Premier Media Group, which is
in turn owned by News Corporation, and Publishing
and Broadcasting Limited. Its main competitor is ESPN,
which has little local content. News Corporation also
controls Fox Sports (USA) and the main pay-television
sports network in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports.
it shares the "Fox" name, Fox Sports is
not affiliated with the now defunct Fox Footy Channel,
which was operated by Foxtel until its closing at
4am on October 1, 2006.
Sports started life as the Premier Sports Network
(later just 'Premier Sports') on Australia's first
pay-television service, Galaxy. Premier Sports' backers
included American company Prime International, which
was later to become part of Liberty Media.
service started in January 1995 in Sydney and made
a name for itself, securing the rights to Australia's
cricket tour of the West Indies. Previously Australian
cricket tours had been covered on the Nine Network
on free-to-air, and Nine tried to stop the broadcast
under Australia's 'anti-siphoning' rules, which state
that certain popular sporting events cannot be screened
exclusively on pay television. PSN signed a deal with
Network Ten to share the broadcast rights.
Foxtel launched its cable service later that year,
PSN was included as part of the package.
1995, Fox Sports has been airing National Basketball
League (NBL) games.
March 1, 1996, PSN was relaunched as Fox Sports Australia,
to coincide with the new Super 12 rugby union competition
and the proposed launch of the Super League.
1997 a secondary channel was launched on Foxtel to
carry broadcasts of the new National Rugby League
competition. Fox Sports and its chief competitor,
Sports Australia shared the rights to NRL broadcasts
as a result of the legal settlement in the Super League
war. The channel on Foxtel was later relaunched as
Fox Sports Two, at first broadcasting from Friday
through Monday each week, and later expanding to a
full 24-hour, 7-day service.
Optus Vision dropped the C7 Sport service in March
2002, they started carrying the Fox Sports channels.
These were referred to by Optus as "Optus Sports
1" and "Optus Sports 2" in Optus promotional
material; on-air programming referred to the channels
as simply "Sports One" and "Sports
Two", although programming such as the nightly
Fox Sports News bulletins retained the Fox name. Optus
dropped the "Optus Sports" name in October
Sports Two is generally used to cover bigger events
that require large amounts of air time, such as the
1998 Winter Olympics, Grand Slam tennis tournaments,
and the 2004 European Football Championship.
the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Fox Sports
carried an additional eight channels dedicated to
Games events. These were available to customers at
an additional charge.
Sports 3 is used for high rating sports broadcasts,
such as the National Rugby League and Cricket. National
Rugby League is the highest rating sport on Fox Sports,
usually topping Pay TV ratings every week.
Sports has being the exclusive broadcastor of the
Hyundai A-League since its first season in 2005. And
in 2006, an A$ 120m deal between the FFA and Fox Sports
was reached in after the end of the first season.
Under the deal, Fox Sports will have exclusive rights
from 2007 to all Socceroos home internationals, all
A-League and Asian Cup fixtures, World Cup qualifiers
through the AFC, and all AFC Champions League matches.
As part of the deal Fox Sports (and Foxtel) agreed
to only call the world game by its proper name, football
(rather than the American term - Soccer).
deal to cover the A-league live and exclusive has
already reaped big rewards for Fox Sports, its ratings
were very strong in the 2006-2007 season and the 2007
A-league grand final became (at the time) Fox Sports
highest ever rating event.
for football (soccer) have generally been very good.
The Socceroos first game of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup,
attracted 345,000 viewers, while their Quarter
final drew an average of 419,000 - an all time
record for Australian Pay TV.
2007, Fox Sports reached a deal to broadcast 4 games
live and exclusive from the AFL each week. This includes
the exclusive only Sunday twilight match. In addition
they will broadcast Friday night games live into New
South Wales and Queensland via channel 518- normally
used for pay-per-view service Main Event. When channel
518 is used in this way it is promoted as Fox Sports
channel is being used increasingly to show live events
when Fox Sports has a clash involving its main 3 channels
- for example on Saturday 17th of March, 2007 Fox
Sports broadcast a match from the 2007 Cricket World
Cup (Ireland v Pakistan) live on 518 - as it was committed
to Football, Rugby Union and another cricket match
on its main 3 channels.
* Fox Sports 1
* Fox Sports 2
* Fox Sports 3
* Fox Sports Plus (Used for Friday Night AFL in Sydney
/ Brisbane and Saturday Nights in Sydney, Canberra
and Melbourne. It was also used nationwide for a Socceroos
game in June 2007. And often when English Premier
League has multiple games on the one night.)
* FUEL TV
* Fox Sports HD (Launches June 2008)
* AFL Teams
* The Back Page
* Before the Bounce
* Inside Cricket
* Inside Rugby
* Inside Speed
* NBL Wrap
* NRL on Fox
* NRL Teams
* On the Couch
* PGA Golf Show
* S14 Extra Time
* The Winners
* Total Football
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