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Unread postby swerb » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:53 am

... are what's going to scare the major networks away from MMA.

Unless of course CBS absolutely kills with their ratings for Elite.

http://cbs.sportsline.com/mmaboxing/story/10742383
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Unread postby Guest » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:00 pm

It's a true legit sport.
Would I let my kid do it that early with full contact? No.
You can start boxing at an early age. All other sports also so it was just a matter of time.
I disagree that this will change anything from the TV standpoint.
CBS ran the artcle and they will be having a show on in May.
The sport is growing faster than any other.
If people are into it, it's just a matter of time until it's all over TV.
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Unread postby swerb » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:37 pm

No question cuz, ratings rule. Hope the CBS Elite shows do well.

Just sayin ... columns like that don't help its cause any.
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Unread postby Guest » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:40 pm

The CBS card is going to be pretty damn good.
The Lawler vs Smith fight will be a fireworks display.
Gina Carrano on the card also for the ladies.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/tem ... &zoneid=14
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Unread postby Guest » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:18 pm

"Strikeforce on NBC" Officially Announced
by Dann Stupp [mmajunkie] on Mar 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm in - News -
Strikeforce and NBC have officially announced a partnership that will put a weekly mixed-martial-arts series on major network television for the first time.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the pending deal earlier this month, and NBCSports.com today made it official.

The series debut is set for Saturday, April 12 from 2-2:30 a.m. ET.

"Mixed martial arts has exploded onto the sports scene," stated Jerry Petry, Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Television. "Its athletes are tremendous competitors, and the sport is one of the fastest growing in the world. As a leader in this arena, Strikeforce will be able to deliver some of the finest and most intense action ever seen on broadcast TV."

The show will air in its weekly timeslot after NBC's popular late-night program, "Poker After Dark." Network executives say that it was a natural lead-in program since the core audience (18-34 year old males) is so similar.

As MMAjunkie.com first reported, "Strikeforce on NBC" will feature complete fights from the Strikeforce archives, as well as other highlights and event footage. Additionally, the program will be used to spotlight some of the organization's more popular fighters.

The debut episode will feature two fights -- Cung Le vs. Brian Warren, and Duane "Bang" Ludwig vs. Tony "The Freak" Fryklund -- as well as a profile on Le, a popular San Jose-based fighter who made his transition from San Shou kickboxing to MMA with the Strikeforce organization. He fights Strikeforce world middleweight champ Frank Shamrock for the title on Saturday.

With its April 12 launch date, Strikeforce will actually beat EliteXC to network television. EliteXC recently inked a deal with CBS, and the organizations will host a major live fight event on May 31. "EliteXC Saturday Night Fights" will be the first-ever live MMA event series picked up by network television.

Other than a minor deal between the International Fight League and the struggling MyNetworkTV, MMA has never appeared on a network.

"Strikeforce on NBC" is produced by Kevin Cusick of KC Productions in conjunction with Carr-Hughes Productions.
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