Bellator announces deal with Sky Sports for live broadcasts in U.K. and Ireland

February 8, 2019

On Friday, Bellator announced a one-year deal with Sky Sports to air its events live in the U.K. and Ireland. The deal begins with Bellator 216 featuring Paul Daley and Michael Page.

According to the agreement, Bellator will air via the European TV station a minimum of 20 U.S. and International events in the U.K. and Ireland.  Bellator President Scott Coker called the deal, “groundbreaking.”

Sky Sports confirmed that Bellator 217-220 will air live.  Previously, Bellator events had been on tape delay to the chagrin of U.K. fans.  The deal was announced after a press conference earlier this week announced a deal with broadcaster Channel 5 to air its European series this Saturday in Newcastle, England.

Payout Perspective:

The only drawback I see for fans is the time difference in which U.S. events take place.  But for the U.K. fans its better to stay up and watch rather than hear it on social media or wait for the tape delay.  The good news is that there is a level of interest that appears to be rising.

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