Now before I continue, let me remind you that HBO rejected a deal with the UFC over who would get to produce the show. They felt that they wanted control of the product so as not to ‘cheapen their brand’. With that fact in mind, try to fathom this: HBO is broadcasting the IFL on their Latin American channel.
The anticipated announcement is very interesting because while HBO is only committed to televising the IFL on its Latin American channel, they still elected to go with IFL programming as opposed to other options that were available to them. One would think that if HBO decides to televise MMA on its English-language channels that the IFL has a bit of an edge.
As Sam Caplan implied, this could very well be the precursor to a full deal with HBO. And why not? The IFL’s new Emperor Jay Larkin ran Showtime’s boxing division for over a decade and gave HBO a run for it’s money. If anyone knows what Larkin is capable of accomplishing, it’s HBO. And I have no doubt that Larkin is perfectly happy giving HBO carte blanche to do whatever the fuck they want to do. The IFL is also in a ring, which is sure to comfort the old fucks running HBO.
Anyways, all this is speculation on my part but the more I think of it, the more it starts to make sense. Although I can’t help thinking Dana White will be peeing his pants with glee if HBO picks the IFL.