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Everyone gets a TV deal!

Wow, it’s a good time to be a middle-tier MMA organization, apparently. Not only does Bellator claim to have a sweet new deal with an anonymous TV partner, but now Shine Fights (the ones who got raped by boxing earlier this year and then had that event where half the fighters fell through the ring ropes) says they do too!

Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers revealed the news to MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
“For all intensive purposes we’ve come to an agreement,” Chambers said about the new TV deal. “It’s just a matter of dotting the “I”s and crossing the “T”s.”
While Chambers stopped short of naming which network would get the rights for Shine Fights, he did say it was a recognizable name that fans of MMA will be able to access with ease.
“It’s definitely a network that everyone will be familiar with,” Chambers disclosed. “It’s a network that I think is the right size and the right scope for where we are.”
The deal that will see Shine Fights hit free TV will be similar to the current package the UFC runs prior to their pay-per-view offerings.
“We’ll be announcing in the next few weeks who that television partner is, we have a great relationship with them now. We’re going to give them some free content, that’s one of the things I think the UFC has done exceedingly well. They’ve built their pay-per-view model off of the exposure they got off of Spike TV, and they’re able to leverage their branding,” Chambers said.

Any guessing would be pure speculation, but Fox Sports Net always seems on the lookout for some MMA content to preempt, and G4 still wants to reposition itself as another SpikeTV. Here’s hoping this new TV deal comes with some sort of production help because Shine still has a way to go before their PPV product adds a professional gloss to events instead of inadvertent comedy relief.

20 COMMENTS
  • agentsmith says:

    That’d be hilarious if a bushleague outfit like Shine Fights got on free TV while Strikeforce is still stuck on Showtime.

  • greenseed says:

    im guessing shine will be with hdnet

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    god i wish bellator would get on hdnet…and if my new cable provider carried them.

    damn do I miss AT&T Uverse

  • glassjawsh says:

    “For all intensive purposes”…….sigh…. it for all intents and purposes dumbass

    this irritates me more than when people say flustrate instead of frustrate or worsh instead of wash

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i hate it when people say “i could care less”… Oh yeah well go ahead and shut your retarded mouth.
    I bet shark fights gets on lifetime.

  • Boog says:

    “……sigh…. it for all intents and purposes dumbass

    this irritates me more than when people say flustrate instead of frustrate or worsh instead of wash”

    heh, we’re on the same page, I came in here just to post and rage on that as well. Drives me crazy.

    MMAweekly seems to have fixed it though.

  • Millertime says:

    Jason Chambers? The guy who trains under Eddie Bravo and had that show on the History channel? Anyone know if its the same guy?

  • frickshun says:

    I’m pretty sure Shine is signing the deal w/the adult PPV channel. This is how it’s structured:

    Adult PornPerView is proud to present: Shine Fights “Best of” show w/every purchase of “Bang Me To Hell” or “A Rear & Pleasant Danger”.

  • Symbul says:

    He looks like a male model is all I know.

    Aren’t you guys psyched to the Shine Fights undercard on free TV? Shine Fights. Undercard.

  • greenseed says:

    same guy millertime

  • YoungDonDraper says:

    Yes it’s the dude from that show on the history channel where when they referred to him as a “Professional MMA Fighter” in the opening, the only clip they had of him fighting looked like it was in a High School Gym.

    But yeah, I just came her to complain about the “intensive purposes” thing too.

    I wonder if it could be MMAWeekly’s fault, maybe he said it right and the writer is a dipship.

  • iamphoenix says:

    maybe the purpose is just really intensive?

  • Smitler says:

    What sort of name is “Shine fights”?
    Sounds stupid.

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully says:

    “For all intensive purposes”
    Love it!

  • agentsmith says:

    Isn’t “shine” an oldschool slang for black people? Too bad they didn’t sign Antonio McKee.

  • Omomatta says:

    @Symbul……That observation made my day.

    My hope is now that Shine Fights has a TV deal they will at least be able to afford the copay when their fighters have to visit the Intents and Care Unit to receive post fight stitches.

  • frickshun says:

    ^^Haha. Who invited the funny guy?

  • glassjawsh says:

    lol @ “dipship” if you were going for ironic

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