Posted by hippysmacker
Thanks Zep, I've never seen that whole interview, just read snippets summarized here and there. Some benefits of seeing the whole thing that I didn't know about. 1. He mentions a TV deal. Is this the replays of old Pride fights on FSN? Kind of their version of unleased, or could we see a live spike TV type show on a different network( maybe even FSN) ? That would be huge for Pride and MMA. 2. I didn't know he was the guy who started the players club. Access to that many high rollers could really make Pride a big event. His idea of getting many different casinos involved is briiliant IMO. Multiple streams of income is basic economic theory. 3. I had no idea the IFL had that kind of money at their disposal. Also huge for MMA and could lead to them acquiring more outside talent and helping the fighters get paid more. Good stuff.
Regarding the TV deal: Yes, I think he's talking about the FSN show with Jay Glazer and Frank Trigg. They are old fights, but for the casual fan, it's a great way to introduce them to Pride for free and it's just a added bonus for us hardcore fans, FREE FIGHTS!!!!!
(Even if we've already seen them)
Fishmen is a player and knows some of the big boys around the world. If he gets a hold of Pride, the UFC beter watch out. He knows it'a all about the money and he's going to do what it takes for Pride to make it.
The IFL better know what it is doing. They have the initial bonaza of money with the IPO but the cash can go real quick if not done right. Remember the DOT.Com boom? In the United States, during the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, many venture capital driven companies were started, and seeking to cash in on the bull market, quickly offered IPOs. Usually, stock price spiraled upwards as soon as a company went public, as investors sought to get in at the ground-level of the next potential Microsoft and Netscape.
But all in all, the MMA scene seems to be getting better.