Amazon Showing “Serious Interest” in NFL Sunday Ticket

Amazon and the NFL are already in bed together but the action might get more exciting after the 2022 season. CNBC is reporting that Amazon is has shown “serious interest” in acquiring the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket.

The DirectTV contract expires at the end of the 2022 season and Amazon is already sniffing around. The package is worth an estimated $2.5 billion.

Amazon will being airing Thursday night football exclusively during the 2022 season. The conglomerate paid $1 billion for that package.

Stay tuned…

Dana White Lashes out at “Scumbag” Media Members

Dana White grew the UFC into the sports entertainment Goliath it is by running his mouth and creating controversy. At times, there was a bit of charm to the brash White. He’s a Northeastern guy and that’s how people in that part of the States talk. What? You got a fuckin’ problem with that? See! Charm.

But over the past 4-to-5 years the act has become stale and eye roll educing. White has become another uber-rich guy who berates and belittles people simply because he can. His targets are just about anyone but usually it’s the fake news media because the media knows nothing and just stirs shit.

Sounds like a familiar, failed mantra.

White doubled down on his fury at the media on a recent edition of the Tough Business Podcast. The issue at hand was the media’s assertions that MMA fighters are DRASTICALLY underpaid.

Here’s what White had to say:

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AEW Outpacing WWE in NYC Ticket Sales

All Elite Wrestling’s New York City debut is already off to a fast start. According to WrestleTix (you should follow), AEW has sold approximately 8,500 pre-sale tickets for their September 22 show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.

The venue is current set for 16,500 fans with potential expansion to 19,000 if demand calls for it. It’s safe to say there’s a demand considering all the ringside and floor seats are gone.

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UFC Helps Drive Endeavor Sports Properties to Record

Endeavor Holdings Group, the owner/operator of Ultimate Fighting Championship, reported earnings for the first time as a publicly trade company. While the company saw an overall revenue decrease in Q1, $1.08B vs. $1.19B, their sports holding saw a 22.1% increase in revenue.

The 22.1% increase of the sports properties amounted to approximately $283.5 million in revenue and much of it is due to the UFC and their television/streaming/PPV business. While other sports entertainment companies treaded water during the pandemic, the UFC was able to provide one of its best years ever.

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Conor McGregor Sells Proper No. Twelve Whiskey

Conor McGregor is no longer in the whiskey game. McGregor and his partners have sold Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for a reported $600 million. Proximo, who also owns brands Bushmills and Jose Cuervo, was a 49% partner in Proper No. Twelve before the deal. This was the plan all along according to Proper No. Twelve’s Ken Austin, a business partner of McGregor.

“When we started this business with Proximo, we basically laid it out, I’ll call it certain hurdles, that would allow them to buy pieces of the company over time. We hit a milestone and it gave Proximo the opportunity to own a significant stake.”

Ken Austin, Proper No. Twelve Partner via Shaken News Daily

McGregor took to Instagram to comment on the sale of his “baby.”

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