Just a few days ago, tens of millions of fight fans might have been wondering if they’d be able to watch Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 event. The fight card will help launch the new all-sports cable channel Fox Sports 1, but the new network had yet to reach deals with major television distributors like Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and the Dish Network.
At the 11th hour, however, FS1 has reached a distribution deal with all of those providers, expanding the reach of tomorrow’s “Shogun vs. Sonnen” card by about forty million viewers. MMA Junkie has more details.
“You can check FOX Sports 1′s availability in your area at foxsports1.com. The channel now will be available in approximately 90 million homes for its heavily promoted launch.
“The channel, which will become the primary cable home of the UFC (along with the also-launching FOX Sports 2), replaces the organization’s previous broadcasts on FX and FUEL TV. The UFC will contribute to 5,000 annual hours of live programming, which also will include NCAA basketball and football, NASCAR, soccer, boxing and other sports.”
This news hits home for this writer. Before the announcement, I was facing the horrible prospect of either having to go watch the fight with people outside of my basement lair or being forced to actually make other plans for a Saturday night other than watching fights *shudder*.
Close call. How many of you taters does this development affect and what were you planning to do if you couldn’t have watched Shogun, Chael, Alistair, McGregor, JLau, Urijah, Cole and the rest of ‘em?