Question: Doug, what is Gary Shaw’s status with this company? Is July 26 the last show he has with EliteXC?
DeLuca: I was waiting for one of those questions and the opportunity to set the record straight. Gary is still very involved with ProElite. Gary and our team from day one at ProElite basically took MMA at our company from ground zero to a huge network success. So, Gary’s got a lot to be proud of in the MMA world. In the process of doing it, as you can imagine, Gary being from the East Coast and we being a West Coast company, took a lot of time from Gary. He was traveling non stop. It took a toll on his boxing business, which is very successful and it took a toll on his family. To some degree, it took a toll on his health. We collectively made the decision that Gary was going to back off a little bit, kind of take a little bit of a relaxed role as far as being involved front and center, which is a good thing for all those three things, for his health, for his boxing business, and for his family. But Gary is still very much involved and I still talk to him almost every day. He’s still there. Gary’s interest still lies in EliteXC and ProElite, making it a top organization in the world. That’s the status with Gary.
It sure seems like Shaw’s transitioning out of the company to me. But you’ll really know the Shaws are out when Gary’s retarded son Jared gets the boot too. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens. My bet is you stop hearing from Jared after the second CBS show and then he’s gone as well by the October event.