The Federal Trade Commission, which is the government entity that drops the hammer on businesses that don’t play fair, has announced that is has closed yet another investigation on the UFC. As per the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
A second Federal Trade Commission investigation into the business practices of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s parent company in three years has been closed without further action being taken by the commission.
In a letter to Zuffa LLC’s legal counsel addressed Nov. 20, the FTC’s Northwest Regional Office attorney Stuart Hirschfeld wrote the nonpublic investigation by the FTC’s Bureau of Competition to determine whether Zuffa or any of its partners are engaging in conduct that violates Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act through the use of long-term exclusive contracts or other exclusionary conduct has been closed.
Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act addresses unfair or deceptive business practices.
This doesn’t mean the FTC can’t get up all in the UFC’s biz in the future – it just means that they’re cool for now.
The last time the FTC investigated the UFC was in 2012. The result was the same.