UFC® and Joe Hand Promotions Extend Television Distribution Partnership
June 28, 2016
FEASTERVILLE, Pa. – UFC ® and Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. today announced a multi-year extension of their Pay-Per-View television distribution agreement. With the extension, UFC will maintain Joe Hand Promotions as its exclusive commercial distributor throughout the United States.
“UFC and Joe Hand promotions have been synonymous with Pay-Per-View success for nearly 15 years and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership,” UFC Vice President of Content David Shaw said. “It’s fitting that we announce this extension with one of our longest-tenured partners leading into our landmark UFC 200 event.”
“Our relationship with UFC is one of the longest and most valued in the history of Joe Hand Promotions. The UFC is the largest Pay-Per-View provider in the world with unparalleled leadership and we are proud to be their partners,” Joe Hand Jr. said. “We look forward to growing our customer base together and bringing the excitement of the UFC to even more commercial locations.”
UFC and Joe Hand Promotions began their commercial distribution rights partnership in 2001. With more than 45 years of experience, Joe Hand Promotions is the nation’s premier distributor of pay-per-view, closed-circuit sports and entertainment programming. Its growing customer base includes a network of more than 5,000 sports-oriented commercial establishments, such as bars, restaurants, military bases, casinos, universities, cruise ships and oil rigs.
UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in more than 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.
About Joe Hand Promotions
Formed by company chairman Joe Hand, Sr. and his family in 1970, Joe Hand Promotions’ size and reputation has grown in large part to Hand’s background, passion and keen foresight about the television distribution industry. Hand started his professional career as a Philadelphia Police Detective but always had an eye and passion for sports, particularly boxing. In 1967, Hand became a charter member of Cloverlay Corporation, the organization that helped guide Joe Frazier to the heavyweight championship. Hand became intrigued by the prospect of forming his own company specializing in sports promotions. Today, Joe Hand Promotions’ main focus is promoting and distributing closed-circuit and pay-per-view TV sporting events and other entertainment broadcasts to commercial establishments. The company has promoted or broadcast many of the major championship fights nationwide, including UFC 94®: ST-PIERRE vs. PENN 2, UFC® 121: LESNAR vs. VELASQUEZ, UFC® 196: MCGREGOR vs. DIAZ, as well as boxing events such as Ali vs. Frazier, Ali vs. Holmes, Leonard vs. Hearns, Hagler vs. Hearns, Tyson vs. Lewis, Hopkins vs. Trinidad, and DeLaHoya vs. Mayweather. Joe Hand Promotions also works with DirecTV in bringing the NFL Sunday Ticket to hundreds of commercial establishments throughout the country.
Joe Hand Promotions, Inc.
(267) 989-0698 (direct)
1-800-557-4263, ext. 244