With the partnership of FOX the UFC’s events have been aired on FOX, FX and Fuel TV for the greater part of the last 14 months.
Now a change is being made to the programming schedule of these stations and it is currently unclear how this will play out in regards to UFC programming.
Sports Media Watch broke the news, via the subscription Sports Business Journal.
News Corporation will convert the Fuel cable network into general sports channel ‘Fox Sports 2′ this August. The launch of Fox Sports 2 will coincide with the conversion of Speed Channel to Fox Sports 1.
Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 will be the chief outlets for News Corp. sports programming. FX, which aired college football coverage the past two seasons and previously televised baseball and NASCAR, will no longer carry sporting events.
Fox Soccer is expected to be converted into a general entertainment channel.
Currently, Fuel is in 37.6 million television homes — over 43 million fewer than Speed Channel (81.0M). Fox Soccer (42.3M) is actually in more homes than Fuel.