Twitter was buzzing Saturday night ahead of the highly anticipated return fight for Conor McGregor. But it wasn’t the attention ESPN+ was hoping for, as subscribers flooded Twitter with complaints about an outage.
Nearly 1.5 million sports fans purchased UFC 257 featuring McGregor’s first fight in over a year, with ESPN+ serving as the exclusive platform to legally watch the pay-per-view event in the United States. Unfortunately, many viewers who paid out $69.99 to ESPN+ for UFC 257 were unable to see every fight, prompting calls for a refund. The @ESPNPlusHelp Twitter account acknowledged the streaming issue and announced it was resolved shortly before the McGregor vs Poirier main event.
The issue was resolved before UFC 257’s main event, but if customers aren’t compensated for the lost hour then Dana White and ESPN are devaluing their undercard fights. No, I didn’t watch the fight off a stream I found on Reddit, that would have been illegal, but charging people $70 and not delivering the product might entice fans to search for alternate viewing avenues next time.