Sports UFC Sells for $4 Billion, Largest Single Deal in Sports History

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  1. fland

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    UFC to be sold to talent giant WME-IMG for around $4 billion
    12:13 AM CT
    • ESPN.com news services
    Zuffa LLC, owners of UFC, will sell the promotion to a group led by talent giant WME-IMG for around $4 billion.

    Announcement of the sale could come as early as Monday, according to the New York Times.

    Dana White, UFC president, told ESPN's Brett Okamoto that his responsibilities within the promotion won't change.

    "President, owner, working my ass off," White said. "Just doing it without my best friend and partners for 20 years."

    White classified the sale as "very" bittersweet, but assured fans they shouldn't worry about the change in ownership.

    "Exact opposite," White said. "Sport is going to the next level."

    Lorenzo Fertitta, who with his brother Frank owned more than 80 percent of the business at last public acknowledgment, told CNN in December that the private company grossed about $600 million in revenue last year. Besides the Fertittas, who are each worth about $1.6 billion, according to Forbes, the company has two other minority investors: White and the Abu Dhabi government, which, under its Flash Entertainment arm, bought a 10 percent stake in the business for an undisclosed sum in 2010.

    At least four bidders are believed to have submitted bids for the organization, including WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group. The winning bid was expected to be for a valuation between $3.5 billion and $4 billion, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN.com in May.

    In May, sources with knowledge of the potential sale told ESPN that the bid book, prepared by boutique investment bank The Raine Group on behalf of Zuffa LLC, was sent to prospective bidders in late March.

    The Raine Group has advised the UFC in the past, and it also has relationships with two of the bidders. WME/IMG was a founding investor in the investment bank.

    http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/16970360/ufc-sell-4-billion-wme-img
     
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    At least they didn't sell it to the Chinese.
     
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    They have already over saturated the market. I don't think there is a "next level" to go to.
     
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    There is always the potential for an increased fan base size etc.....more eyes watching and more people following/caring....more/greater mainstreaming etc.

    ...and the UFC's real growth to come is overseas....so their worldwide/international growth is really just getting underway in some
    of the really huge international markets.
     
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    A single NBA team sold for $2 billion

    (Clippers)
     
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    Yeah, the China TV is there big chip. They aint making money on PPV in China though. Look at the failure of Shane McMahon's streaming service in China. They are the piracy capital of the world.
     
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    Should've bought wwe stock :down:
     
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    Bill Gates once said something to the effect that China is the biggest Windows market in the world and they bought 12 copies
     
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    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    So Dana White has been a minority shareholder of the UFC parading around like the boss all these years? o_O


    I am going to go down to Apple headquarters with my 800 shares and demand I speak with Tim Cook about this immediately!
     
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    Santori Piece of Shit

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    I hope this means Tank Abbott is coming back.
     
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    Econ 101

    Buy low, sell high.
     
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    Perfect timing to dump that pig.
     
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    It is not worth 4 billion. It is worth 2 billion at the very most.
     
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    I'm sure CM Punk is thrilled...
     
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    I use to get all worked up for fight night..now it's friday night fights, thursday night fights, ultimate fights..and the woman's division, oy vey it's a like a revolving door, tag your it with the belt everybody gets a turn, instead of a trophy you get the belt.
     
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    funny.. hasbeen shouldn't be a disparaging description..it took a lot to get to the top of the heap and being disliked can't make that any easier.
     
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    Like NASCAR about 5 years ago. No one gives a shit about it anymore. Too many Races+Too many PPV=Not a fuck is given
     
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    He is the President. He has been the boss since the beginning and if the new ownership is smart they will keep him in place as the boss.
     
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    the worst thing about mma from the beginning was the message board fans who always rooted for UFC to fail. Like in 2008 people were like "this fad is dying, now I can go back to being a hipster". There's some people like that in this thread.

    There's been like 4 or 5 times the detractors said UFC was dying out in the last 20 years and every time it keeps reaching new heights.