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Strikeforce To Air Weekly on NBC

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MMA Junkie breaks the broadcast MMA news again! According to them, Strikeforce has signed a deal with NBC:


The NBC-Strikeforce deal comes just weeks after CBS and ProElite, Inc. announced a formal partnership that will put four annual EliteXC events on primetime television. The first EliteXC-CBS event is expected to air in May. And though it won't be a live event, Strikeforce could actually beat EliteXC to the airwaves.
As part of the NBC deal, fight footage from past Strikeforce events will likely be shown in "highlights" shows, not unlike the Pride Fighting Championships shows that currently air on Fox Sports Net. The first Strikeforce show is expected to air in mid-April.

The program will likely air on late Saturday nights (early Sunday mornings) either immediately after or soon after the hit NBC series, "Saturday Night Live."
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This is not as a big of a deal as the EXC/CBS deal, but it is a nice step for Strikeforce. Dana was never going to accept a saturday night late night timeslot to show old fights, negotiations between UFC and NBC never even really got started. If UFC does sign some kind of new deal, it will likely be with FOX or HBO.

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Post #1   3/13/08 3:59:10PM   

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I thought the negotiations with HBO ended badly?

Post #2   3/13/08 4:01:25PM   

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This doesnt mean much. They arent going to be able to pull in much of an audience without live events during primetime. All this really does is put them in a good position to get a primetime deal if EXC does really well.

Post #3   3/13/08 4:04:16PM   

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I don't think that Elite XC or Strikeforce will pull much of an audience. As I stated in the other post about this, these tv companies don't care about the promotion and are just going with the flavor of the month. It's not going to last long for either Elite or Strikeforce, so watch while you can.

Post #4   3/13/08 4:20:50PM   

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I just read that the likely timeslot was either 2 AM or 4 AM, neither of which would probably even draw enough fans to register a recordable rating.

Post #5   3/13/08 4:52:44PM   

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Doesn't intrest me much. I'm not going to be up that late, and if I am it's because I'm out partying!

Post #6   3/13/08 5:42:19PM   

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baby steps. This is all great news!

Post #7   3/13/08 5:42:21PM   

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MORE FREE MMA and most of you guys still bitch and say "it wont pull any viewers/I'm not iterested" REALLY?!?!? Maybe i'm just an MMA nuthugger but i cant get enough of it. I'll watch it anytime. I buy as many DVDs as i can afford and still want more.

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Posted by bls1919

MORE FREE MMA and most of you guys still bitch and say "it wont pull any viewers/I'm not iterested" REALLY?!?!? Maybe i'm just an MMA nuthugger but i cant get enough of it. I'll watch it anytime. I buy as many DVDs as i can afford and still want more.



It has nothing to do with bitching at all. Just realistic thinkers doing our thing. Have fun staying up until 4am to watch old fights that you've already seen.

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DVR!

Post #10   3/13/08 6:28:17PM   

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This is good for Strikeforce. they want to stay in the top 5 of mma organizations in the U.S. this just gives them more of a foothold and exposure for there fighters.

1- UFC 2- Elite XC 3- WEC 4- IFL 5- Strikeforce

Post #11   3/13/08 8:44:21PM