Weapon Related Sponsers Banned From UFC

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Budgellism
1/23/12 11:58:54AM
Sponsors being banned from UFC events is nothing new, but the new banning of weapon related sponsors is certainly different. It appears that the initial pressure to ban these sponsors actually came from the UFC's new network home.

The MMA Corner with the report:

The MMA Corner has learned from sources close to the situation that the latest impact is that guns and ammunition sponsors, such as The Gun Store and Ammotogo.com, have been banned from events that take place on the Fox family of networks.

*UPDATE * - The MMA Corner has learned that the ban includes companies related to guns, knives, ammunition, and hunting. It will go into effect on Jan. 23. The ban has been extended to all UFC events, not just those broadcast on the Fox family of networks.

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FastKnockout
1/23/12 12:11:48PM
Bet The Gun Store isn't too happy.
kingsmasher
1/23/12 1:26:28PM
Bet they wouldnt do that if Brock was still there...Actually Id bet my house...He was sponsored...
State_Champ
1/23/12 1:36:10PM
Make sense for the UFC if they want to attract some new/different fans.
The violence of MMA is already off-putting to so many people, adding guns and ammo would not have helped.
airkerma
1/23/12 2:39:37PM

Posted by FastKnockout

Bet The Gun Store isn't too happy.


Lucky for me, I already have two tickets to the gun show...and it's that way
prophecy033
1/23/12 3:19:00PM
People act like Guns are taboo, I'm a proud owner of a Glock 9mm and I don't see the problem. Alcohol companies are allowed and last I checked both Guns and Alcohol are legal at a certain age and both cause deaths
finnish_line
1/23/12 3:24:58PM
This is distressing.

I need my ammo, and I need it TO GO!
BuffaloDave
1/23/12 3:37:08PM
Well hopefully the UFC will compensate the fighter's that get sponsored by the companies getting banned.

Kpro
1/23/12 4:43:32PM
FOX not wanting weapon-related sponsors?

That's kind of funny with Fox News' well known political leaning as compared to other news outlets.
BuffaloDave
1/23/12 5:03:14PM

Posted by Kpro

FOX not wanting weapon-related sponsors?

That's kind of funny with Fox News' well known political leaning as compared to other news outlets.



That or how about their own shows that have heavy weapon usage, Cops, Bones, Fringe, and so on.
BeeR
1/23/12 6:01:21PM
Ted Nugent is having an aneurysm right now.
warglory
1/23/12 8:04:16PM

Posted by prophecy033

People act like Guns are taboo, I'm a proud owner of a Glock 9mm and I don't see the problem. Alcohol companies are allowed and last I checked both Guns and Alcohol are legal at a certain age and both cause deaths



I get your point man, but comparing alcohol and weapons in terms of lethality is a bit of a stretch.
warglory
1/23/12 8:05:52PM

Posted by Kpro

FOX not wanting weapon-related sponsors?

That's kind of funny with Fox News' well known political leaning as compared to other news outlets.



I actually believe that Fox and Fox News, and not to mention Fox Sports, are all run as separate corporate entities despite belonging to the same parent company. Your point still stands, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Sir_Karl
1/23/12 8:56:53PM
As a super duper ultra left winger who is anti gun and anti hunting etc etc....this news makes me immensely happy. I commend the UFC on their decision!!!
bjj1605
1/24/12 1:57:19AM

Posted by warglory


Posted by Kpro

FOX not wanting weapon-related sponsors?

That's kind of funny with Fox News' well known political leaning as compared to other news outlets.



I actually believe that Fox and Fox News, and not to mention Fox Sports, are all run as separate corporate entities despite belonging to the same parent company. Your point still stands, but I thought it worth mentioning.



But that parent company is the source of the political views.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I don't own any guns or anything.

I know it was a business decision.

But...you would have to imagine that most people who are going to watch the UFC aren't going to be offended by gun advertisements. They are either...

Trying to cut down on their opponents ammunition (pun intended) by taking away something that is potentially controversial.

OR

They are trying to expand their audience beyond their traditional demographic.


I can understand both goals but I don't think this move will make any real difference. As for the first reason, its not like their is any lack of violent images that soccer moms can point to. As for the second reason, like I said before, anyone who is going to be offended by a gun store add probably doesn't want to watch the UFC in the first place.
Kpro
1/24/12 2:05:27AM

Posted by warglory


Posted by prophecy033

People act like Guns are taboo, I'm a proud owner of a Glock 9mm and I don't see the problem. Alcohol companies are allowed and last I checked both Guns and Alcohol are legal at a certain age and both cause deaths



I get your point man, but comparing alcohol and weapons in terms of lethality is a bit of a stretch.



Something tells me Kalashnikov Vodka's chances of becoming the official spirit sponsor of the UFC just got a whole lot slimmer.

ncordless
1/24/12 2:27:33AM

Posted by Kpro


Posted by warglory


Posted by prophecy033

People act like Guns are taboo, I'm a proud owner of a Glock 9mm and I don't see the problem. Alcohol companies are allowed and last I checked both Guns and Alcohol are legal at a certain age and both cause deaths



I get your point man, but comparing alcohol and weapons in terms of lethality is a bit of a stretch.



Something tells me Kalashnikov Vodka's chances of becoming the official spirit sponsor of the UFC just got a whole lot slimmer.




In America you do a shot of vodka.
In Soviet Russia, vodka shoots you!
mrsmiley
1/24/12 7:05:34AM

Posted by prophecy033

People act like Guns are taboo, I'm a proud owner of a Glock 9mm and I don't see the problem. Alcohol companies are allowed and last I checked both Guns and Alcohol are legal at a certain age and both cause deaths



I agree 100%. Just like Mr.Larson's shirt on Happy Gilmore said, "Guns don't kill people, I kill people. It still blows my mind Alcohol and Tobacco are perfectly legal yet pot is put on the shelf. I wonder if High Times could sponsor a fighter?
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