Bell Media’s TSN and RDS officially become new Canadian home for UFC

December 23, 2014

TSN, RDS and Fight Network are the official new home for the UFC in Canada according to a joint press release on Tuesday.  The deal is multi-year agreement for Canadian media rights.

Prior to the deal, the UFC had called Rogers Sportsnet its home.  The recent release of January network scheduling on TSN revealed UFC programming which led many to believe a deal had been brokered for a new home for the UFC.

Via press release:

Bell Media’s TSN and RDS will deliver a slate of marquee UFC programming to fans across multiple platforms, including major live events, preliminary fights of UFC Pay-Per-View events, UFC Fight Night events, and The Ultimate Fighter® series.

Fight Network will broadcast all UFC Fight Night events from around the world as well as preliminary bouts for domestic non-Pay-Per-View cards.

TSN and RDS will partner with Fight Network to produce an original live pre-fight program before Pay-Per-View events that will air on Canada’s #1 sports networks. Additional shoulder programming will air across TSN’s suite of five national feeds, giving UFC fans more access to programming than ever before.

As part of the partnership, TSN, RDS and Fight Network will work together to provide effective sales and marketing of UFC broadcasts in Canada.

Payout Perspective:

As we previously pointed out, the Sportsnet deal with the NHL likely meant that the UFC would be looking for another home.  Financial terms of the multi-year, multi-network deal were not disclosed.

2 Responses to “Bell Media’s TSN and RDS officially become new Canadian home for UFC”

  1. Logical on December 23rd, 2014 2:28 PM

    What is your take on the second class-action lawsuit being filed against the UFC?

    Since all plaintiffs are represented by the same legal firms then why two separate filings? If one gets dismissed can the other still move forward and look to get certified? If they both get certified can they be joined later on?

    First class-action Lawsuit: Cung Le, et al v. Zuffa, LLC. (Quarry, Le & Fitch)
    Second class-action lawsuit: Vazquez, et al v. Zuffa, LLC. (Vazquez & Hallman)

  2. Jason Cruz on December 23rd, 2014 3:41 PM

    @Logical. Post coming but it looks like there will be more fighters filing lawsuits. Since its the same firms involved, its likely that they will move the court to consolidate the cases. As far as the strategy, it would appear that they are filing them as they get people to agree to be a part of the lawsuit.

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