MMA holy shit. eliteXC on cbs :eek3:

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  1. adrenalin112

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    EliteXC Expected to Announce Deal with CBS — MMAjunkie.com Exclusive

    Posted by MMA Junkie on February 27, 2008 at 1:36 pm ET
    [​IMG]ProElite Inc., the parent company of Elite Xtreme Combat, is expected to announce a deal with CBS that will put MMA on major network television for the first time.
    Sources close to the deal tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that an agreement has been reached between CBS and the Los Angeles-based ProElite. However, officials could not publicly comment on the matter.
    EliteXC was founded as a partnership with Showtime Networks Inc. in 2006. The organization’s events, which are held under the EliteXC and ShowXC banners, currently air on Showtime.
    Showtime is owned by CBS.
    A source who spoke exclusively to MMAjunkie.com said that CBS will broadcast live EliteXC events in prime-time slots. The events will likely take place every other month.
    An official announcement with additional details of the deal is expected to be announced in the next few days. A broadcast schedule and debut date could be included.
    The announcement will come just weeks after EliteXC’s successful “Street Certified” event in Miami, Fla. In addition to drawing a sold-out crowd and setting a live gate record at the BankUnited Center, the event reportedly drew more than half a million Showtime viewers.
    The fact that EliteXC — and not the UFC, the worldwide MMA leader — landed the first network-television deal is a bit of a surprise.
    Beginning in October, UFC president Dana White stated that he was confident the organization would reach a deal with a major TV network, most notably CBS or NBC. In November MediaPost Publications reported that the UFC and CBS were in “advanced negotiations” and that the announcement of an official partnership was expected to happen at any time. UFC 81, which took place earlier this month, was expected to be the first UFC event to air on CBS.
    However, the deal eventually fell apart — reportedly over issues with the creative control of the events. Those same issues kept a deal between the UFC and HBO from coming together last year, as well.
    ProElite has been on a shopping spree during the past year, purchasing organizations such as ICON Sport, Cage Rage, King of the Cage, and Spirit MC. Additionally, the organization has recently signed long-term deals with notables such as Nick Diaz, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Gina Carano.
     
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    will be interesting.

    Prime time slots even? I wonder if it will be delayed by about a minute and if CBS will blur out blood and cuts somehow :noes:
     
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    wow thats some pretty big news. wonder how ufc will react?
     
  4. SCirone

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    It doesnt matter now, Elite pretty much has to be considered as on the same level as UFC. This deal is huge
     
  5. IntheWorks

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    yes! finally some MMA we can get with our antenna :o
     
  6. El Rudo

    El Rudo The Borinqueneers

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    I hope its in HD.
     
  7. Sylva

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    While they are a good promotion there not where near the level that the UFC is or Pride Was.
     
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    They have a major network tv deal
     
  9. dengar

    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    Right, but they don't have the name fighters the UFC does.

    The IFL was free...although not on a major network and still noone gives a shit about it.
     
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    dengar seans is a afta marchsollwe in his gir! OT Supporter

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    This fact alone makes this not as big of a deal to me.
     
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    It was horribly edited and on a nothing station. And it doesnt matter if they have the named fighters or not. Everyone is going to watch this and know the fighters from Elite
     
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    That doesnt make complete sense though, CBS was in talks with UFC first
     
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    cool if it actually goes through
     
  14. adrenalin112

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    my man...
     
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    fighters will go to the league with the most exposure.

    its not like ufc is unbeatable
     
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    big time news. ufc will be on top for a while no doubt, but how long is the question now.
     
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    theres so many org's now, kinda insane i dont see all of them surviving, we're gonna need some major collaboration in order to get the fights we need to see.
     
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    And just think, Tito is leaving the UFC after his next fight, Randy is trying to get away, Andre might be leaving, Big Tim says that is isnt too happy with the UFC right now
     
  19. Savage5point0

    Savage5point0 Im an asshole.

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    I hope they grow and do well, competition is better for the sport than monopoly.
     
  20. El Rudo

    El Rudo The Borinqueneers

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    if this works out for EliteXC, I think we could see what happened in the late 90's with the wrestling war between WCW and WWF
     
  21. checkii

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    I refuse to believe that anyone had contract issues with the UFC that caused a deal to not come to fruition.
     
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    For some reason my brain is not processing what you mean. Are you saying its the UFC's fault tehy arent on there or CBS''s
     
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    crazy...i thought it would take years to see MMA on network TV even with it's growth rate...i'll believe when i see it though
     
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    i'm sayign that the UFC has LOTS of things "in talks" and its quite common that they come through.
     
  25. roose

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    It is the Russians fault. Always. :squint:

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