Spike TV agrees to broadcast deal with K-1

source: mmajunkie.com
 

"K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K-1 events," K-1 CEO Doug Kaplan stated. "Spike is the perfect television home and stage to introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of K-1 fighting to fight fans across America."

Spike.com broadcasts K-1's upcoming "K-1 Rising" Heavyweight U.S. Grand Prix on Sept. 8. Additional 2012 events include an Oct. 14 event in Tokyo and December fight cards in Athens and New York. Like Bellator, the promotion's events switch to Spike TV in 2013.

Spike TV promises to broadcast each event's full fight card, as well as the prior day's weigh-ins and locker-room interviews on the night of the event.

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the_fight_observer site profile image  

8/23/12 12:59 AM by the_fight_observer

Please allow me to correct myself on the issue of Mr. Kim's name. His name is Hakmin Kim aka Hak Min Kim aka Mike Kim and not as I had stated in an earlier post. It's confusing because a Gunlil Kim is listed as the President of K-1 on Emcom's website. Also about Emcom, I stated that it was a Hong Kong based company when in fact it is Japanese based, although K-1 Global seems to headquartered on Hong Kong as are some of Encom's other subsidiaries.

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8/22/12 11:12 PM by Cyril Jeff

TTT for that great post

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8/22/12 7:45 PM by the_fight_observer

Good questions john joe, The biggest concern going forward for K-1 Global as a company is regarding their funding. EMCOM is hardly a massive concern especially compared the the financial clout being put behind Glory. On one hand you have K-1 now owned by a small Japanese/Hong Kong based corporation that is entering this business space for the first time but seem to be making some interesting moves. The Spike deal and the Superkombat partnership are both very promising developments that bode well, but it is very early days. The Madrid event was very entertaining as a fan to watch, I have only read what has been published online in terms of problems regarding late payments or short payments and have zero insight into behind the scenes issues like that. I too am skeptical that EMCOM can pull this off without a major investment from an entity like Viacom. As they did for Bellator and Total Sports Asia & Pierre Andurand did for Glory. I think the Spike deal is a good sign though. Glory is already a behomoth and while out of the gate K-1 seems to be on equal footing, sometimes it takes a big machine some time to warm up. If K-1 isn't on stable ground to start 2013, I think they will most likely be run over by the Glory frate trane. 

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8/22/12 5:50 PM by Wasa-B

Thanks for this.

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8/22/12 5:04 PM by john joe

thank you. As the threads newly ensconced K1 expert, could you give some insight into how the Madrid event went? On the whole, did it seem like it presaged good things to come?From what I know, a lot of people got paid late or got paid short and this was a pivotal factor in Simon Rutz deciding to sell out to the investors behind Glory rather than proceeding with the service agreement he had with K1 Global.Theres a lot of excitement around the K1-G/Spike announcement but I'm not convinced yet that there arent going to be the same old money problems. There's a lot of former key figures - Schiavello, to pick one at random - that won't do anything for K1-G until debts are settled at least in a token manner. The fact they won't do that, plus other people such as Rutz backing out, says to me that there may be residual issues. On the other hand they might pick up a tonne of sponsors now that the Spike thing has been announced; lets wait and see

Cyril Jeff site profile image  

8/22/12 4:53 PM by Cyril Jeff

  good post, I'll be DVR'ing EVERYTHING and ANYTHING K-1...

Haole site profile image  

8/22/12 4:52 PM by Haole

^ they are gonna air live K-1 Global events on Spike?Good luck fighting it out with the Juiceman for 10K viewers at 3am, lol

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8/22/12 3:12 PM by the_fight_observer

Allow me to address these false statements, it's the reason I starting posting on this thread because so many people are K-1 experts without the basic facts of this new company. The new K-1 Global Holdings Limited company is a subsidiary of EMCOM Entertainment, which itself is a subsidiary of EMCOM Holdings. This company is based out of Hong Kong. It's chief officers are: Gunlil “Mike” Kim (CEO EMCOM) Douglas Kaplan (CEO K-1 Global) Masato (Executive Producer) This is the group that put on the K-1 World MAX Final 16 in Spain on May 27th and their schedule for the rest of 2012 is as follows: 09/08  K-1 US Grand Prix Championship in Los Angeles, California 10/14  K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 in Tokyo, Japan 12/08  K-1 MAX Final 8 in Athens, Greece 12/26  K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8 in New York, USA All of these events will stream on Spike.com. Next year (2013) K-1 Global events will be aired live on Spike along with Bellator.

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8/22/12 12:25 PM by dunchurrn

They haven't even ran their first show on their own yet, I think it's a little early to speculate on their shows next year. In the past, K-1 had deals with Fuji TV and TBS. America wasn't anywhere near as important as appeasing the Japanese networks. Now they have a major deal in America and absolutely nothing in Japan.

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8/22/12 8:20 AM by Haole

The release repeatedly refers to 'Live' events in 2013, indicating its going to be a NA version of K-1, similar to Cokers old 'K-1 USA' which had a few international fighters but was basically a regional version of K-1 tourneys to find a NA rep for the WGP - this is trending to be the same thing - the 16 fighters in the Sep La shows two tourneys are all Americans.While I cant wait to see Souwer and Kyshenko get bungalowed by Kit Cope at a 2013 WGP, thats not what Spike is airing.