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Everyone wants to be on Network tv (except the UFC)

Remember when the writer’s strike seemed to guarantee that we’d be seeing a few early 2008 UFC events on prime time network TV instead of on PPV? Yeah, that was a fun thought. But word is now that the UFC has blown the negotiations with CBS over the same production control issues that killed the HBO deal. Add in the fact that other MMA companies are stepping in to offer better deals with less restrictions, and we’ve got a recipe for disaster:

NBC continues to talk with a number of players about late night time slots, including the IFL, Strikeforce, M-1, and K-1. Speculation within the industry suggests that Strikeforce, with financial backing from the owners of Hewlett-Packard, may have already came to terms with the network, however, such a deal would not preclude other promotions involvement.

I wanna know what happened to the Zuffa that bought Pride just to put them out of business and slotted the WEC on Versus to block other promotions from getting on cable TV? The Zuffa that recognized the threat of a rival promotion on television?

Perhaps the UFC thinks that since the IFL flunked out on MyNetworkTV that they don’t have to worry about another company getting on TV. But let me tell you something: If an eyesore like American Gladiators can become as big of a success as it has, you better believe that another MMA company will be able to pop too. The TV world is starved for content like Lindsay Lohan is starved for cock. And if the UFC misses out on this opportunity because they refuse to get rid of their stupid gladiator opening and Mike Goldberg, they’re making a huge fucking mistake.

12 COMMENTS
  • fightfan says:

    Leave it to Dana White to fuck things up. Of course he wants to basically have 100% control over everything. Sure his arrogance and aggresive business attitude has done good for the UFC. Dana has got to be at leawst a little flexible.

    The way I see it, we will never see the UFC on a major network other than SPIKE. Dana White tells SPIKE TV to jump and they ask ow high and may I have another.

  • Xavier says:

    “And if the UFC misses out on this opportunity because they refuse to get rid of their stupid gladiator opening and Bill Goldberg”

    Uh, if the UFC had Bill Goldberg, I’d consider them a joke. You’re thinking of EliteXC, the joke promotion.

  • Mobb Deep says:

    I agree, no harm can come from the UFC being shown on CBS, NBC or ABC, even if the UFC does not have 100% control.

    HBO on the other hand can go fuck themselves cause I don’t get it in Canada.

  • 3am typo fixed. MIKE goldberg (and this is despite our mike goldberg appreciation thread in the forums!)

  • Zheroen says:

    Seriously guys, that Gladiator opening the UFC does is so lame and cheesy. I have no idea why they keep it around, or what prevents them for having a different opening every event, for that matter. The initial video package should get you pumped for a night of fights, not have everyone at your UFC party going “they’re still showing this shitty thing?”.

  • operator says:

    I agree the gladiator thing was ok once or twice but for fuck sakes show some incentive or maybe a little bit of creativity and swich it up. As for another promotion getting some air time I don’t think it would be the worst thing in the world for that to happen. They can scoop up anybody who leaves the UFC and the fighters might actually get paid for a change. I would love to see it happen the competition would be good for the sport. Maybe even some midgets

  • Asa says:

    The initial video package should get you pumped for a night of fights, not have everyone at your UFC party going “they’re still showing this shitty thing?”.

    You think that’s bad? Imagine trying to explain that fucking thing to people who you’re introducing to MMA for the first time. Holy shit. The production values are horrible and anyone I show it to ends up losing interest after thirty seconds of shitty music. Using WWE production team rejects is not helping the sport grow.

  • Zheroen says:

    Not only that, but you’d think that in light of the new American Gladiators, they’d want to distance themselves a bit.

    But yeah, Zuffa – you are making money hand over fist. It would not be the worst thing if you came up with something new every so often. Or tried to make the presentation even a smidgen more professional, so that potential network suitors aren’t like “uh, we’ll pay to put you on TV as long as WE control the production”.

  • Accomando says:

    “…because they refuse to get rid of their stupid gladiator opening and Mike Goldberg…”

    I don’t think you realize how important Goldberg is to Zuffa, I mean, Goldy IS the UFC.

  • Zheroen says:

    He’s no less replaceable than Bruce Beck was.

  • It’s only a matter of time before the other promotions emerge as major players. As long as the fighters are technically sound, I will watch it.

    The UFC still wants to play hardball with everyone as if they are still the only game in town. It’s getting redundant…

  • suspiria says:

    I hate that gladiator intro to and I’m pretty sick of hearing that song for the thousandth time also.Now I just hit the mute button.

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