Sources: ESPN leaving UK market

Sources: ESPN leaving UK market
February 7th 2013

Multiple sources have told Fighters Only that ESPN is likely to pull out of the UK market in the coming months.

The channel is owned by the Disney corporation and moved into the UK following the collapse of Setanta Sports several years ago.

ESPN UK picked up Premiership Football broadcasting rights and also landed the UFC broadcasting contract. But the Premiership rights have now gone elsewhere and apparently so to has the UFC.

The result is that the UK market looks increasingly unviable from a financial perspective, with close-down or a sale of the channel likely.

Fighters Only got the following comment from an ESPN UK spokesman when asked if the channel would be closing down: “We have been saying for some time that we are exploring a range of potential options for our business in the UK. We are not going to discuss specifics.”

In other news, sources are also indicating that the UFC UK operation is on its way to Sky Sports. This was first broached by Graham Boylan, owner of European promotion CageWarriors, which recently saw its own Sky Sports deal cancelled.


  • Shane Kimber

    Posted at 18:45 on February 7th 2013

    Please don't let the ufc go to sky sports. I can't afford the sports channels, and would really miss ufc if it goes to sky.

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  • Lenin/Mugabe

    Posted at 20:45 on February 7th 2013

    let's just hope it doesn't go ppv, like strikeforce and boxing

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  • hammerstine

    Posted at 21:16 on February 7th 2013

    hopefully it will open the way for the ufc to move to fox uk

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  • bill hardy

    Posted at 12:58 on February 8th 2013

    espn, wont make any differance if it's gone.

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  • Mr Chris Penfold-Ivany

    Posted at 16:03 on February 9th 2013

    if espn closes bt will have to take the fa cup and europa league rights.

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  • Julian

    Posted at 15:51 on February 10th 2013

    Well if you cancel ESPN you will be saving £10 anyway

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  • greedy

    Posted at 18:35 on April 2nd 2013

    cbs fire sick gay named Otis Livinston for he puled in brooklyn downtan club he and chinise tv women Cindy Shue hold the gun to some drug dealers Cindy Shue snorring cocaine and tretened people what the are doing on tv!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

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