BT Sport launches to customer complaints, UFC loses 3.8 million UK Virgin TV customer base
BT Sport launched in the UK yesterday with a one day Freeview event to give potential new customers a taste of what they can expect with a full subscription. The day peaked with a 1.21% share (some 207k viewers) for the Bayern Munich versus Manchester City European Football (Soccer) match, according to BroadcastNow.co.uk
According to a BBC Business article, BT has spent over £700 million in the last few years for upcoming Premier League Football matches, compared to Sky's £2billion+ for the majority of match rights. ITV, Setanta and ESPN have tried taking on the Sky giant when it comes to exclusive live sport coverage and have been found lacking, and it seems BT has already failed to put its best foot forward.
Ben Askren Officially a Restricted Free Agent
It looks like another Bellator champion is on the market after completing his contract, following in the footsteps of Hector Lombard and Eddie Alvarez. According to CEO Bjorn Rebney, welterweight king Ben Askren is no longer obligated to any action under the organization’s flag after finishing his original deal with a successful defense at Bellator 97.
Askren is currently in a period of exclusive negotiations with Bellator and isn’t completely free to explore all of his options.
UFC 163's Bristol Marunde: Full training camp is a luxury I can only now afford
There are certain risks involved with taking a fight on short notice, and UFC middleweight Bristol Marunde knows them as well as anyone.
Over the past two years, Marunde has had the opportunity to compete under the bright lights of the Strikeforce and UFC banners. However, in his two fights with the organizations, he had a minimal amount of time to prepare due to the fact he stepped in on very short notice...
Boston Official Wants Ban on Anyone Under 18 Attending UFC Matches
On August 14, Boston will have an “Ultimate Fighting Champion Homecoming,” and celebrate the return of the sport to the city.
But a team of parents, doctors, and city officials are trying to put the chokehold on the “extremely violent form of entertainment” by banning minors from baring witness to the martial-arts matches.
The “UFC Homecoming” event, which will be held at the Barrio Cantina on Boylston Street and hosted by UFC President Dana White, is scheduled to take place just weeks after City Council President Stephen Murphy filed a resolution asking to put an end to anyone under the age of 18—even with a parent or guardian—from attending the fights. “Cage fighters at the amateur and professional levels have competed in public stadiums and on television bearing Neo-Nazi messages in their tattoos or on their clothing,” Murphy said in his filing during a City Council meeting on Wednesday, “and extensive research has associated exposure to media violence with a variety of physical and mental health problems for children and adolescents, including aggressive and violent behavior, bullying, desensitization to violence, fear, and depression.”
In a nation of legends, UFC 163's Jose Aldo is the people's champion
It takes a small army of security personnel to usher Jose Aldo into the van that awaits the UFC's featherweight titleholder. Along the way, he answers as many reporters' questions as possible, smiles for camera click after camera click and signs a few dozen autographs.
Thursday's swirl of activity follows a three-hour engagement in which Aldo participated in a news conference, put on a public workout session that featured a soundtrack by a live rock band and then waded through a sea of fans and reporters to answer even more questions as microphones, cameras and recorders were shoved in his face.
It was time for Aldo to retreat to his hotel, but his removal from the scene was anything but easy...
Tito Ortiz Makes Surprise TNA Wrestling Appearance, Joins Rampage Jackson on Impact
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz followed friend and former trainer partner Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s footsteps all the way to Bellator MMA, but he didn’t stop there. Just like Rampage, Ortiz also made the move to TNA Wrestling’s Impact.
The hot internet rumor just a few short days ago had Bellator putting Rampage up against Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match on pay-per-view opposite the UFC’s year-end extravaganza that features Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II and Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II...
UFC 163's 'Korean Zombie' says nickname a blessing and curse
The posters advertising UFC 163 make it tough to tell if you're about to watch a professional MMA fight or a monster movie.
"World Featherweight Championship," it says at the very top. "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie."
Nowhere on the posters trumpeting his clash with UFC 145-pound champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in Brazil on Saturday (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) does it mention Chan Sung Jung's actual name. Which, surprisingly enough, is exactly how the featherweight challenger likes it...
Bellator 97 Results: Michael Chandler and Ben Askren Defend Belts, King Mo Earns Title Shot
Bellator 97 took place Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., just outside of Albuquerque. It proved to be one of the biggest nights in the company’s history.
Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, and welterweight titleholder Ben Askren both successfully defended their belts, while Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal won the promotion’s abbreviated Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament final...