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Old 03-13-2011, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPN upset with the UFC over announcment?

Rumors are that ESPN insiders are furious that the UFC decided not to break the story of the Strikeforce purchase through them. I doubt anything will come of it, but it sure is interesting.

http://www.fiveknuckles.com/mma-news...-purchase.html

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Buried deep within an article by Jonathan Snowden at Bloody Elbow is the following except:

"Perception is reality. To a mainstream audience, major sports are covered by ESPN and in their local paper. They don't make big announcements on genre websites. And moves like this can damage their chances with an outlet like ESPN going forward. Sources say that officials with ESPN were furious that they weren't given this story. It would have been featured on SportsCenter, White front and center in a professional interview. Instead, we got the standard guerrilla style low budget MMA Fighting interview. Now some ESPN insiders are questioning the value of covering the UFC at all on their programming."

While the rumors may be no more true than the countless "Fedor finally coming to the UFC" reports after the collapse of Affliction, it isn't too far out of the realm of possibility.

The Strikeforce purchase dominated the mixed martial arts landscape yesterday, quickly becoming the leading story on every MMA website. The acquisition of their leading rival will forever change the shape of MMA and has far reaching implications across the board.

The story may not have led SportsCenter, but it would have undoubtedly been featured on the sports highlight show. It would have been another huge breaking news story for the always expanding network. Dana White could have been featured live in a segment broadcast to millions of people, not just some one on one internet interview.

Will this hurt the current relationship between the two companies? Probably not. Mixed martial arts is continuing to receive expanded coverage on ESPN, including MMA Live and segments on SportsCenter in the days leading up to big pay-per-view events.

But it is interesting to ponder how much bigger the spectacle of yesterday could have been had ESPN broken the story.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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heh doesnt suprise me that ESPN would be mad at this, but with how MMA has basically been built by the internet and fan sites... UFC doesnt NEED ESPN, it can benefit for sure, but doesnt NEED ESPN. but yeah had ESPN gotten first dibs they woulda covered the shit outta this story, and woulda been even bigger.... kinda a shame, but what can ya do now.
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heh doesnt suprise me that ESPN would be mad at this, but with how MMA has basically been built by the internet and fan sites... UFC doesnt NEED ESPN, it can benefit for sure, but doesnt NEED ESPN. but yeah had ESPN gotten first dibs they woulda covered the shit outta this story, and woulda been even bigger.... kinda a shame, but what can ya do now.
ESPN shows all UFC events and everything UFC in the UK.

I think they kind of do need ESPN , considering that SKY Tv is the biggest sports network and they havent really put any serious offers to the UFC about UK showings. Right now ESPN is the connection to the UK , other than that they would have to go back to cable TV channels that DONT require subscriptions = less money .
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Dana probably chose to do it over the internet because the announcement would have been a footnote to college basketball if he chose to do it through ESPN.
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Dana probably chose to do it over the internet because the announcement would have been a footnote to college basketball if he chose to do it through ESPN.
^ This ^

Screw ESPN. They spend more time covering Little League Baseball, WNBA, bowling etc. than they do covering MMA. The sportswriters on the daily shows even go so far as to subtly bash the sport.

I can think of no way I'd rather have heard the news than Ariel Helwani interviewing DW himself.
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I can understand ESPN's annoyance at this but to be honest more MMA fans proably check to see Areil Helwani's interviews rather than watch ESPN sports update.
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Ariel is the top MMA interviewer it is obvious that he would get the story over a company that treats the sport like a fringe attraction that doesn't deserve coverage. How about espn stops doing ridiculous shit like putting 8 college basketball dunks over Anderson Silva front kicking Belfort's head off in their top then. Horse racing and lacrosse get more coverage from them than MMA they need to stfu.
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I think it's important to note that the original mention of ESPN being furious was by Jonathan Snowden of Bloody "We make shit up" Elbow. Snowden is essentially half a step up from Bloodstain Lane on the credibility meter.

Josh Gross of ESPN has said he's not aware of any fuming.
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I think it's important to note that the original mention of ESPN being furious was by Jonathan Snowden of Bloody "We make shit up" Elbow. Snowden is essentially half a step up from Bloodstain Lane on the credibility meter.

Josh Gross of ESPN has said he's not aware of any fuming.
Really? I never got that perception from Bloody Elbow. I always assumed they were generally reliable.
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ESPN shows all UFC events and everything UFC in the UK.

I think they kind of do need ESPN , considering that SKY Tv is the biggest sports network and they havent really put any serious offers to the UFC about UK showings. Right now ESPN is the connection to the UK , other than that they would have to go back to cable TV channels that DONT require subscriptions = less money .
well true, i wasnt considering UK, just America. and here ESPN doesnt cover MMA very much. maybe some highlights after a PPV and the day after, but otherwise all their MMA coverage here in the states is online.
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