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primateboy 01-22-2007 03:28 PM

Will the IFL succeed?
 
Sup guys,

I was looking for this thread, but I couldn't find it. So, what is your take on the IFL? Are they here for the long haul?

Personally, I didn't like the team concept at first, but it's starting to grow on me. The thing that I do enjoy are the superfights and of course the featured fights between tough competitors. The only other thing that bothers me is the fact that I just don't know when it airs...the time delay is pretty whack also.

Any and all opinions welcom

Grabaka 01-22-2007 06:32 PM

Like you I didn't care for the team concept at 1st either. It sounded kind of gimmicky and cheesey to me. It makes for pretty good TV though, especially if the score is tied and the last fight really matters.

I think the IFL can be successful if they stick with their current format and continue to sell cheap tickets. I don't think they will ever be a competitor to the UFC or PRIDE because it will be tough to pay top fighters the same as the bigger companies do. IFL is a great place for guys at the tail end of their career or guys just getting into the sport and trying to make a name for themselves.

The IFL just signed a new deal with Fox Sports and My Network TV to have more televised fights on national TV. This new TV deal and the additions of more teams in 2007 and 2008 bodes well for the company's future

gspforchamp 01-25-2007 03:46 PM

I don't think it'll ever be as big as UFC or PRIDE, but I could see it doing well and being around for a while.

Damone 01-25-2007 07:54 PM

It's different, and the team concept gives a new direction to MMA. Sure, MMA is a combat sport that involves 2 men trying to beat one another, but the IFL has the team mentality encoded in it. I dig it, and I think it'll be around for a while.

I also really dig the whole "Who's going to be the next coach?" ordeal. It's really cool to see former favorites try their hand at giving a team direction.

IronMan 01-25-2007 08:21 PM

It's different from the UFC or PRIDE. Sure, it's a gimmick, but it's a good one. I'm watching, and as long as the competition is good I'll keep watching.

kds13 01-26-2007 01:24 PM

i think the concept is gonna be what keeps it afloat. its different from the ufc or pride and gives mma fans a new way to look at fighting. if they keep putting up good fights then i dont see why it wouldnt last.

Steve-d 01-26-2007 01:47 PM

i think they are going to be mored like a king of the cage type of org.

and happy to be so...

Choke_Wire 01-27-2007 12:12 AM

the only problem is that when a team has already one and theres still a fight left it can turn kinda boring.

but i like it and i think it will fly.

GDAWG 01-27-2007 12:32 AM

Now that the IFL is on My Network TV, it gives me a reason to finally watch that network when there is not a Dallas Stars Hockey Game or a Scrubs rerun.

I'm going to watch it unless it gets really bad.

Organik 01-28-2007 04:42 AM

i think it may... oncw they get a big fanbase they will prolly drop the "team" ish... and just ay fighters to stay withthem..

pretty good organization


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