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Bellator and DAZN Announce Streaming Rights Deal



Bellator MMA is coming to your smart phones and connected devices courtesy of DAZN. The Viacom owned sports streaming service, which by the way is pronounces as “Da Zone,” has a new five year agreement with Bellator. Awful Announcing is reporting that the five-year deal is worth “well into nine figures” and includes streaming rights for up to 22 events per year. 15 of those events will also be simulcast on Viacom’s Paramount Network. Seven will be DAZN exclusives.

Last month DAZN announced a $1 billion deal with Matchroom. The eight-year deal allows DAZN to stream 32 boxing cards per year.

The CEO of DAZN’s parent company Perform, Juan Delgado, says that combat sports are the corner of the streaming world where DAZN sees the most opportunity in the United States.

“We are now going to corner the fight sports category in the U.S. with this Bellator partnership,” Delgado told Awful Announcing. “It’s a big commitment from us. Viacom is very behind Bellator, and we’re going to continue to build the franchise and continue to build the fight sports category in the U.S.”

DAZN’s first MMA fight card includes legendary names like Rampage Jackson and Wanderlei Silva. It will stream live from San Jose. The fights will also be simulcast on Paramount Network.

Delgado says DAZN will offer a special package to fight fans. He didn’t give an exact price point, but said that it would coast less than $200 per year. He also says the investment from Viacom will be used in the future to stage DAZN’s own pay-per-view events in both boxing and MMA.

From Bellator’s perspective, Delgado says the deal is important for growth.

“We hope with this partnership, this investment, they are actually going to be a very clear competitor to UFC in terms of acquiring talent, in terms of the quality of fight cards they put together, and ultimately the fan base they build around the franchise.”

Bellator’s deal with DAZN comes on the heels of its top competition, the UFC, announcing its own streaming rights deal with ESPN+.

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ESPN To Celebrate Dick Vitale During 2021 V Week

“Raising funds for cancer research is a long-standing tradition at ESPN.”



ESPN’s 15th annual V Week for cancer research and awareness begins today, and ESPN has a whole bunch of promotions in store for the special event.

ESPN is launching the Campaign for a Cause: ESPN and the V Foundation x StockX, which allows fans to have a chance to win celebrity sneakers and memorabilia during V Week through StockX’s Campaign for a Cause benefiting the V Foundation.

Celebrities involved in the campaign include Drake, Kevin Durant, Mike Krzyzewski, Nyjah Huston, Naomi Osaka, and more.

A new addition to V Week is is the development of #VStrongBaby to show support for ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who returned to call his first game of the men’s college basketball season last Tuesday after being diagnosed with lymphoma in October. The hashtag is accompanied by a customized heart emoji in honor of the legendary commentator, which ESPN will feature throughout V Week.

ESPN also continues on in funding the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which continues to address health inequities that exist in cancer.

“The ongoing pandemic has continued to disrupt the critical need to fundraise for cancer research and address the health disparities impacting people of color in their fight against cancer,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “Raising funds for cancer research is a long-standing tradition at ESPN, and we are committed to continuing our work to close the gap in cancer disparities experienced by patients of minority populations and improve their outcomes.”

Along with these traditions, the Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s classics take place next week. The Men’s Classics begin Tuesday, December 7, followed by the Women’s Classics on Sunday, December 12, all airing live on ESPN.

Since the V Foundation’s inception in 1993, ESPN has helped raise more than $142 million in the fight to end cancer. Direct donations can be made at

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Outkick Planning Live Pregame Show For Georgia vs Alabama

Chad Withrow, Jonathan Hutton and Jill Savage will host the show, with Clay Travis joining in periodically throughout the show.



Alabama versus Georgia is sure to be the talk of the college football world this week. The game will have huge implications on the College Football Playoff selection the following day.

Outkick has announced that it will be covering the SEC Championship Game this Saturday with its own live show from Atlanta.

Kickoff for the actual game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern. But you can get a head start with Clay Travis and OutKick the Tailgate pregame show long before that, with their broadcast starting at 1:30 EST.

Chad Withrow, Jonathan Hutton and Jill Savage will host the show, with Clay Travis joining in periodically throughout.

The Outkick the Tailgate pregame show will be taking place live in Atlanta, Georgia at STATS Brewpub not far from the game taking place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Those who are in attendance for the live show can enter for a chance to win merchandise autographed by Alabama coach Nick Saban and receive other prizes as well.

Those who cannot be in attendance can watch via live stream either on the Outkick Youtube channel or on Twitter where full coverage of the pregame show will be aired. It will also be aired on the Outkick website.

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New York Sports Media Reacts To Mets’ Gigantic Max Scherzer Deal

Many notable names in New York Sports Radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.



The New York Mets have agreed with pitcher Max Scherzer on a three-year deal that is worth an obscene amount of money. The excitement around the team feels to be at a new high in the city of New York.

Many notable names in New York sports radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.

There is no understating the significance of this move by the New York Mets. Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young winner and one of the most prolific pitchers in the sport for the last decade, winning 190 games over his 13-year career.

It is worth noting however that the Mets have had a notorious history of giving out bad contracts to veteran players, with players like Pedro Martinez, Bobby Bonilla, and Mo Vaughn just to name a few as examples.

This is just one of many big signings that the Mets have already made this offseason. They have already added Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha to the team as well.

Max Scherzer will be making $130 million over the duration of the three-year contract. The $43.33 million average annual salary sets a record, surpassing the $36 million New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole is averaging after signing a nine-year, $324 million contract in 2019.

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