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Big tings a gwan wit fox now mon

Hmmm, I wonder what this could possibly be about:

After Tuesday’s news that the UFC and Fox had reached terms for a multi-year deal to broadcast UFC programming on all three Fox channels, the cable company has scheduled a press conference for Thursday.

The press conference will begin at 1 p.m. (PT) in Los Angeles. Fox Sports Media Group Chairman and CEO David Hill is scheduled to attend, alongside Co-Presidents and COO’s Randy Freer and Eric Shanks, and FX President John Landgraf.

Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand posted on his Twitter account that this will be “one of the biggest announcements in Fox Sports history.”

Meanwhile, Dana White is trying to stay mum on the topic of a new TV deal:

White appeared with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole on Friday’s “MMA Insiders” on ESPNRadio1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas.

“We do not have a deal. We’re out there talking to everybody. When you’re out there talking to everybody there’s going to be lots of rumors,” White said (19:10 mark). “In a perfect world, what would really work out great is if you could be on CBS and FOX and Comcast/NBC. Just like the NFL is. That would be the perfect world, but this sport has a lot of room to grow.”

In other words, it kinda sucks that the UFC can’t have deals with Spike, Versus, and FOX all at the same time. Aren’t mega media conglomerates great?

More Dana comments from Tuesday:

“Did I comment when ‘Wall Street Journal’ said we were buying G4?” White wrote via text. “You guys will know when we have a TV deal.”

“When you’re in these negotiations, rumors start flying and everything else,” he said during a press conference today in support of UFC 136, which takes place Oct. 8 at Houston’s Toyota Center. “But to answer your question, I think it’s time.

“I think we do fit into the sports world with the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, etc. I’ve always said that what would take it to the next level would be a broadcast deal – being on one of the major networks.”

  • lukustra

    the reason the nfl and other sports have numerious networks covering them at the same time is because they have 32 teams playing each other all on the same day, or have numberous teams playing daily games. in a busy month we’ll have 3 Zuffa shows and 4 episodes of TUF. Unless you wanna go and buy the rights to every single local show in every state and televise it, you cant be on numerous networks.

  • lukustra

    as I think about it more, im getting more and more excited about this deal with FOX. as fans, we’ll only benefit from it. and no longer will any UFC content be associated with shows like deadliest warrior, 1000 ways to die, and manswers. FX has a lot of good shows, Louie, Wilfred, two and a half men, ect.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    as I think about it more, im getting more and more excited about this deal with FOX. as fans, we’ll only benefit from it. and no longer will any UFC content be associated with shows like deadliest warrior, 1000 ways to die, and manswers. FX has a lot of good shows, Louie, Wilfred, two and a half men, ect.

    Couldn’t agree more.  If this goes through and Zuffa puts some weight on the TV shows this could be uh-MAYZING.

  • lukustra

    woah, something you agree with me on lol. but yeah, and like you mentioned before, they virtually have to put on crazy fights on fox and wont be able to “spike” it. and i cant believe i left out always sunny.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    You also left out Archer, but you’re only from Jersey, so I can forgive the oversight.

    I think they might wanna maintain their PPV model either through cable or interwebs, but that’s gonna keep ‘em from reaching their potential.  I hope they go “All-in” on this.

  • scissors61

    On the other hand, they’ll be associated with Rupert Murdoch. That aside, I don’t see any real negatives to the UFC on network television for fans. Not to mention that less-known guys are going to see a big bump in sponsor money. I wonder if UFC will up their pay-to-play sponsor fees for the cards aired on FOX–they’d certainly be able to justify it in terms of overall exposure. 

  • scissors61

    Other good FX shows: “Sons of Anarchy” and “Rescue Me,” although “Rescue Me” has kinda fallen off. 

  • glassjawsh

    two and a half men is awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awfulawful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awfulawful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awfulawful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful awful

  • glassjawsh

    archer is great though. i pretty much like any show the H Jon Benjamin does a voice for (see: Home Movies and Bob’s Burgers)

  • scissors61

    yeah, not a big fan of two and a half crackheads or whatever. haven’t seen “archer” yet. this fox deal thingy has brought about much tv discussion on fightlinker

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Archer is like a quarter of the Arrrested development cast doing a spy series including Jessica Walters.

  • lukustra

    it clearly has everything to do with the fact that i live in jersey, im not “from here”, but i havent seen archer either. and not a huge fan of sons of anarchy for whatever reason. the only downfall of being on FOX is that they’re on the same channel as FOX news and id rather watch manswers then that shit.

  • scissors61

    it clearly has everything to do with the fact that i live in jersey

    Look. You wanna complain about state stereotypes? I’m from New Mexico. When I visit the East Coast or the Midwest some people don’t even realize I’m a fucking American, bud. You know how many times I’ve been told how good my English is in gas stations and liquor stores east of the Mississippi? How many times people have asked me if I live near Cancun? I’m not even Hispanic, ha ha. Lighten up, it’s all in good fun. 

  • Symbul

    Rastafarian text-speech does not become you Ryan.

  • lukustra

    scissors, your written english is really good for a foreigner.

  • iamphoenix

    So american idol will be a lead in for ufc…interesting.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    scissors, your written english is really good for a foreigner.

    Ha ha!

  • scissors61

     

    scissors, your written english is really good for a foreigner

     

    so’s yours!

     

  • Letibleu

    SCISSORS, YOUR ENGLISH IS GOOD BUT DJ’S AMERICAN IS IMPECCABLE.

  • agentsmith

    For us Canuckistanis, the news gets better:

    On August 6th 2011, Rogers Media and FX Networks announced that they will launch FX Canada as a digital service on November 1st, 2011. Other carriers such as Shaw and MTS TV are expected to carry FX, in time for the new channel’s launch. The network will feature FX original series, U.S. acquired movies and series, and original Canadian programming and sporting events (as required by the CTRC). FX Canada’s broadcast license requires that 15 per cent of its programming is Canadian in its first year, 20 per cent in its second year and a full one-quarter Canadian by its third year.

    Even when/if the UFC moves to another channel, TUF and the free events already get played on Rogers Sportsnet, so us Rogers subscribers are okay regardless.  But now I can get my “Sons of Anarchy” without having to download it too.

    I always figured Fox would be a much better fit for the UFC than the Big Three networks, cause despite the leanings of Fox News, they already have stuff that’s probably too risque for the other networks, like “Family Guy”.

  • CAP

    Agree agent FOX seems a little more willing to push the envelope on some shows so it seems like a good fit.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Yeah, I still remember Screech and Manute Bol in the First Celebrity boxing.  Didn’t Chyna fight Buddafucco as well?  Oh shit, I even think Tanya harding was on that one.

    Thanks Fox.  Ugh.

  • Reverend Clint

    married with children, cops and the x-files… FOX always has sweet shows

  • agentsmith

    ^ They also have a habit of derailing or almost derailing awesome shows like “Firefly” and “Futurama” and “Family Guy”. Luckily UFC doesn’t start with the letter F.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Greg the Bunny, Titus, it ain’t just F-shows.  Or maybe I’m the only one who ever saw/liked them?

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