Bellator has signed a groundbreaking broadcast contract with the national broadcast network BBC in the United Kingdom.
The deal, which heats up following Bellator’s US broadcast deal with Showtime, is the first time a UK national public broadcaster has signed a multi-event broadcast deal with an MMA organization, showing all Bellator events. I will. Free through BBC’s iPlayer streaming platform throughout 2021.
The deal follows the BBC’s broadcast of Bellator’s Paris event in October 2020. The event acted as a network test run prior to the newly announced partnership agreement.
All Bellator events, including Showtime and European Series show numbered events, are streamed live and event replays are set to be available on demand after the first broadcast.
This means that UK-based fans will have one home for Bellator content after previously having to surf the channel between subscription broadcaster Sky Sports and free-to-air Channel 5. In addition, you can hop online for a preliminary card battle on YouTube and fill up. Fixed Bellator actions throughout the year.
The first event of the transaction is Bellator 255Held on Friday, April 2nd at Mohigan Sun Arena in Ancasville, Connecticut, the partnership will run over 2021.
“It’s a great opportunity for Bellator to host all the events on the UK’s largest network,” said Scott Coker, Bellator’s president. “We look forward to working with the BBC to bring an exciting roster of talent and a rich event schedule to an ever-growing audience.”
The deal represents a huge success for David Green, head of Bellator Europe, which established a promotional relationship with broadcasters in 2020, with Bellator’s historic event in Paris being broadcast live on BBC iPlayer.
Green has signed a contract to show all of Bellator’s shows live, stating: “We are very pleased to bring Bellator MMA live action to millions of homes in the UK with BBC iPlayer. We have achieved that UK fans can watch all the events live around the world. It’s been a really great moment for us to be able to call Bellator’s BBC home in the UK, which we’ve been working really hard on and for the sport. “
– MMA Sports
Bellator signs groundbreaking UK broadcast contract with BBC Sport
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