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Show Money Ep. 22: The UFC-ESPN+ deal and Leslie Smith’s NLRB case

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The Show Money crew is Paul the economist, Jason the lawyer, and John the man who knows everyone and everything in MMA. In today’s episode, the guys discuss takeaways from the newly announced UFC-ESPN+ deal beginning in 2019, Leslie Smith’s NLRB charge against the UFC, and they debate UFC fighter unionization and go off on an antitrust case tangent.

For those interested in specific parts, here are the start times for each segment:

  • The ESPN+ deal – 0:40
  • Leslie Smith’s NLRB charge – 21:02
  • Tangent on UFC fighter unionization and the current antitrust lawsuit – 35:17
  • Paul and John realize they were in agreement all along on the impact of a fighters’ union – 1:06:40

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