Originally Posted by rockdawg21
I was thinking the exact same thing about NASCAR. They take a cut of the racers' sponsorship, I'm not sure of the percentage though. It sounds like the UFC wants to take all the money themselves, rather than taking a cut of the fighters' sponsorship earnings, that's BS. I think the UFC should reserve the right to accept or deny sponsorship, as they are the parent company, it's that way in NASCAR, but they shouldn't be taking the full cut (or so it seems), bur rather, a small cut, that's fair.
Personally, I don't think seeing condomdepot.com written on the fighters asses is a positive reflection on the UFC or MMA in general.
Because of TV NASCAR is able to take a slice of pie. As do the track owners as was mentioned earlier. Each drivers signs their own deals but in turn must pay NASCAR a flat percentage. 5 years ago it was 2.5%. The track owner also gets a cut at their respective track based on volume of seats and television dollars. Kind like super bowl commercials are worth more. Not sure on their cuts because it is not contracted as firmly.
What the UFC is proposing is nowhere near fair because there is no TV dollars because it is PPV. If they had a sliding scale based on early buys maybe. But a flat fee charge to all companies and all fighters is ludicrous and possibly unenforceable legally. Contract that are to one sided become null and void. In Pro Wrestling's early days Verne Gagne (AWA) made some similar shady contracts. Gagne wanted booking fees as well as a management cut to every wrestlers. Since Wrestlers are Independent contractors we paid all expenses. So by the time those were paid and those "fees" many went broke. This is why so many left for the WWF in the early days. Said all that to say this eventually Gange was sued and all his contract were thrown out because they were no enforceable. Dana and crew have some crafty lawyers, but they are walking on shaky ground with these deals.