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Old 05-01-2008, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CBS Chairman Criticizes Decision To Air Live MMA

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“Les usually asks my opinion,” Sumner Redstone said Wednesday when asked about the four mixed-martial arts fights that will begin airing soon on CBS. This time, the Viacom and CBS chairman said, Moonves did not.

Redstone said the deal, struck with Elite Xtreme Combat, probably was a mistake, not because CBS won’t turn a profit from it but because it is not “socially responsible” to air the typically bloody bouts on free, broadcast TV.

“I’m a lover not a fighter,” Redstone said. “I don’t like the sport.”

Redstone saying that he doesn’t like the sport and isn’t anxious to see it on his network? That’s fine. That’s a personal opinion. He doesn’t have to like “How I Met Your Mother” either, but it’s going to stick around as long as it pulls in ratings, which apparently it does (people really watch that? are they drunk?).

But the remark about airing MMA not being “socially responsible” is intriguing. This is the same network that airs the NFL, which is awesome and also very dangerous and violent. They’re also home to great society-improving programming like ‘Big Brother’ and the Charlie Sheen sex-joke vehicle, ‘Two and a Half Men’. (By the way, don’t miss next Monday’s episode: “If My Hole Could Talk.” Now that’s innuendo!)

Fox Sports president Ed Goren also criticized the move, saying that he didn’t pursue a deal with the UFC because, “we don’t need money that badly.”

Of course, the UFC is said to be in serious talks with Fox’s entertainment division, and Fox Sports Net has aired both the IFL and Pride fights in the past. Seems like maybe everyone isn’t on the same page over at Fox. That’s also probably how they ended up with ‘Temptation Island.’

As much as TV execs love to take the moral high ground when they can, they probably didn’t get those jobs by following their hearts. If MMA proves to be a ratings success, my guess is they’ll put their personal abhorrence of violent sports aside in order to capitalize on it.
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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“I’m a lover not a fighter,” Redstone said. “I don’t like the sport.”

Wow, I think that just about sums it up. So the NFL isn't violent? There is no blood or fighting in the movies they air? It's his opinion and that's about all it's going to be.
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As much as I love MMA, I can see his view on this. To kids, and uneducated fans it can potentially promote violence, and come across as barbaric (some of the fights, anyways)

I've seen some knockouts that have made ME cringe..

So, as much as I'd like to see it take over the airwaves I can appreciate how it might look to kids and such.
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As much as I love MMA, I can see his view on this. To kids, and uneducated fans it can potentially promote violence, and come across as barbaric (some of the fights, anyways)

I've seen some knockouts that have made ME cringe..

So, as much as I'd like to see it take over the airwaves I can appreciate how it might look to kids and such.
CSI airs on his network. End of discussion.

Besides, back when people watched boxing here in the states, CBS was all over it.

Of course, that was before Sumner's Viacom owned CBS, which is ironic, because Viacom was born from CBS in order to avoid violating the media consolidation protections built into the Telecommunications Act. Come 1996, though, the government (with the help of massive conglomerates) decided that a handful of companies controlling the flow of information was suddenly a good thing. Do you think the growth of the internet and it's free flow of information had just a little bit to do with the sudden need to consolidate the media?

There's your non sequitur fascist conspiracy for the day.
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CBS really can't criticize any sports show with a sense of righteous indignation.

After looking up a CBS line-up:

CSI: Murder
Soap Operas: Promiscuity
2 and 1/2 Men: Alcoholism (teehee)
The Price is Right: Drew Cary

Theres 4 things right there that have a worse effect on society than fighting does.
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I could maybe understand trying to keep young kids from watching it but isn't being shown late late night(around 1 or 2 am)? CBS airs soap operas that try and show as much skin as possible whenever they can. The Fox people crack me up- some of their shows have been some of the sleaziest slimiest shows(like the mentioned "Temptation Island") but they have a problem with MMA and the blood. Puhleeeze....
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He's just trying to save face in front of the more conservative investors he might have to answer to:

"I don't know how that MMA stuff got on my network!"

LOL! Whatever.

Keep denying it as this horrible sport lines your pockets, buddy.
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