Scott Collins of the Los Angeles Times has reported that CBS is talking with UFC about producing one or more prime time network specials. The writers strike is making the talks more serious, because the network would be in need of first-run unscripted prime time programming when the shows on the schedule run out of fresh episodes.
Who would have thought the WGA strike would effect the UFC? It seems as though CBS is trying to find programming for whenever the fresh episodes of their hit TV shows run out. Either way the UFC on CBS would be awesome. And if it's live you can't really go wrong there.
10.26.2007 - 11:15:00 PM -
SpikeTV deal worth more than $100 million
According to Multichannel News the SpikeTV deal was worth more than $100 million. Here's the flavor:
"The deal, which sources close to both parties say cost Spike more than $100 million, also gives 12 live fight cards to the 96 million-subscriber network, as well as a new, as-yet-defined weekly series of live bouts, according to both parties. Spike also acquires a limited amount of digital rights through the deal, although it was unclear exactly what those rights entail."
10.25.2007 - 12:43:00 PM -
UFC and Randy Couture to hold press conferences today
Randy Couture's management released the Following Press Release a few days ago:
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25th - MMA Legend Randy Couture will hold a national press conference at Xtreme Couture Martial Arts to address his reasons for resigning from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in every capacity. Randy will respond to the comments made by UFC President Dana White. Additionally, Randy will respond to Yahoo! Sports report that he makes between $3.25 million - $3.75 million per fight, which they continue to stand behind.
Afterwards, Randy will make himself available to answer questions concerning his relationship with the UFC, future plans, MMA as a sport or anything else pertaining to his resignation.
According to Sam Caplan ProElite.com will have live coverage of the press conference starting at 4:30 PM EST. Registration is free at ProElite.com so if you wanna check it out head on over. I have a profile there, you can find me at http://thirdseal.proelite.com/
Yesterday 5 Oz. broke word that the UFC would be holding a conference call to announce a new television deal. Details are not known at this time if the TV deal is an extension with SpikeTV or if its a venture with a completely different TV outlet.
Brock Lesnar, Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, and Dana White are all supposed to be available at the conference to field questions.
The UFC scheduled the conference call for 4PM EST, only 30 minutes before Randy's presser. This is definately not a coincidence and was likely done to make the press choose between one or the other.
Yahoo! is going to stream the UFC conference call here.
As soon as more details break about the TV deal and what was said at both pressers more information will be posted.