Tony Reali of ESPN talks MMA

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babytater03
4/23/08 2:46:38PM
In an interview with Michael David Smith of AOL Fanhouse:

I’m really interested to see how MMA does this year on network TV. My gut tells me we have to get MMA. If somebody asked you 10 years ago would ESPN put poker on you’d have said no. There’s a resistance right now from an older generation, not just at ESPN but my grandfather was a huge boxing fan, I don’t know if he’d be taking to MMA.

I know how Tony and Michael feel, which is that it’s too brutal to put on television. We’ve talked about putting Rampage Jackson on PTI and what happens in the end is they can’t get past the brutality of it. I don’t know that it’s really more brutal than boxing, there are long-term injuries in boxing. I think it’s compelling. When you watch it you can see what the appeal is, and I think it will be a ratings success on network TV


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jiujitsufreak74
4/23/08 2:54:02PM
always nice to hear sports personalities talk about MMA in this way. more broadcasters should follow Reali's example
whardin19
4/23/08 8:03:12PM
I like Tony Reali and he speaks the truth here. MMA is going to be sucessful on TV I think also.
CantAndleDaRiddum
4/24/08 12:10:31AM
nice to hear this, ive always like reali
DCRage
4/24/08 6:41:00AM
He's fun to listen to and watch on ATH, but I still prefer Kellerman-who has been talking a bit more MMA recently on his ESPN Radio program. Not just Serra before 83 but a bit more general MMA.
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