Standard & Poor’s revises Zuffa outlook to negative

The Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service has revised Zuffa, LLC’s financial outlook to negative from stable on weaker operating performance.  It has indicated that it anticipates a 40% decline in EBITDA in 2014 and credit measures will weaken due to the decline. Read more »

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With Pacquiao fight Saturday, ongoing question of whether PPVs are sustainable

With Manny Pacquiao returning to PPV Saturday night, the standard question of whether PPVs are worth it surfaced. Read more »

November 22, 2014 | Jason Cruz

Senator Reid denies parts of SOPA attached to NSA reform bill at request of UFC

Tech news web site Techdirt reported earlier this week that Nevada Senator Harry Reid is attempting to attach a portion of the Stop Online Piracy Act to the USA Freedom Act as a favor to the UFC.  Although the bill did  not pass, there has been some criticism of Reid for “coat-tailing.” Read more »

November 22, 2014 | Jason Cruz

UFC and Fathom Events to show more PPVs in movie theaters

The UFC and Fathom Events are teaming up once again to show UFC’s PPVs in movie theaters.  A joint press release announced that UFC 181 will be the latest to be shown in theaters with additional PPV events in 2015 to be jointly shown via PPV and also in nearly 500 select movie theaters across the U.S. Read more »

November 21, 2014 | Jason Cruz

TUF 20 Episode 9: 381,000 viewers

MMA Payout has learned via a Nielsen source that Wednesday night’s 9th episode of TUF 20 drew a rating of 381,000 viewers. The rating represents the lowest-rated episode of the season. Read more »

November 20, 2014 | Jason Cruz

Bellator 131 Live + 3 viewership boosts overall telecast to 1.4M, peak over 2.2M

MMA Payout has learned from a Nielsen source that the Live + 3 day viewership of Saturday’s Bellator 131 peaked with 2,246,000 viewers and was over 2 million viewers for more than half of the Ortiz-Bonnar main event.  The overall event adjusted viewership came up to 1.4 million. Read more »

November 20, 2014 | Jason Cruz