Report: Showtime close to ending Strikeforce deal

by Kenny Rice | source: mmamania.com
 

Here's the report, which was delivered by "Inside MMA's" Kenny Rice:

"'Inside MMA' has heard from multiple sources that the relationship between Strikeforce and Showtime may be coming to an end. We are being told that the November 3rd event is in serious jeopardy, and there's a strong possibility that Showtime will no longer broadcast Strikeforce events. This could very possibly signify the end of the Strikeforce brand. Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa in March of 2011. We have to receive any word from either Showtime or Strikeforce as this development continues."

At this point in time, the report has been neither officially confirmed nor denied by the powers that be at Showtime or Strikeforce.

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fightharder site profile image  

10/11/12 5:53 AM by fightharder

And another organization bites the dust. Not a really smart move on the UFC part. It will end up making Bellator stronger.   Zuffa and the UFC should have supported the brand and the relationship with Showtime more. They should have put some fighters from the UFC on the strikeforce roster. The also should have nurtured the relationship with Showtime a little better. It would have forced Viacom to stay commited to it making it harder for them to really give the push to Bellator that they surely will do now.   But whatever. The whole Fox deal and Zuffa general management probably made this option impossible. Guess their is something to be said for the one brand/dominant brand strategy. More under or unemployed fighters though. Not the best thing for those guys.  

Unseen site profile image  

10/10/12 11:13 PM by Unseen

Not against the UFC, maye with each other.

Chiron site profile image  

10/10/12 10:16 PM by Chiron

It's all speculation at this point. We all know that sooner or later Zuffa is going to end SF. The thing I'm wondering is, whether that happens now or later, will Showtime keep airing MMA? Are they going to put on M-1 cards or just stick with boxing? I hope they keep MMA in some form.

Chiron site profile image  

10/10/12 10:16 PM by Chiron

It's all speculation at this point. We all know that sooner or later Zuffa is going to end SF. The thing I'm wondering is, whether that happens now or later, will Showtime keep airing MMA? Are they going to put on M-1 cards or just stick with boxing? I hope they keep MMA in some form.

Big Pun site profile image  

10/10/12 11:26 AM by Big Pun

As far as I can tell the separation would come from Showtime's side of things. From Dana's recent media statements we can see he really wants Rousey. I imagine the UFC would offer contracts to the upper talent in SF and let Bellator or Invicta have the rest. If they dissolve the relationship I believe Zuffa would want an agreement from Showtime that they will not air any mma related events for a certain time frame as well. At this point it is anyone's guess. I doubt anyone knows more than the latest rumors until SF/ST make an official announcement. I can't see Zuffa wanting to end the current relationship without some sort of gain. As the problem seems to be on the Showtime end of things I wouldn't be suprised to see Zuffa come out on top if things go poorly. Hopefully they get it together and finish the contract. I don't like to hear abotu fighters being unemployed. If the UFC absorbs more talent something has to give. More fighters will be released and there just aren't as many available spots for fighters right now.

bryanand site profile image  

10/10/12 10:24 AM by bryanand

As soon as I saw Mauro doing a boxing card I had a feeling something was coming down the road with SF ending...and Mauro was actually quite good in the boxing realm IMO. Better then I expected, 2 Sharp was the worst ever.

Tomato Can site profile image  

10/10/12 10:08 AM by Tomato Can

If the contract with Showtime specifies that certain fights must not fight elsewhere for the duration of the contract, what does that mean for guys like Melendez if Strikeforce closes up shop before the end of the contract?Will the UFC have to pay Showtime some sort of compensation to allow them to use those fighters?

jtown2 site profile image  

10/10/12 9:59 AM by jtown2

If Zuffa paid 40,000,000 for strike force then the market for invicta is about 100k

Big Pun site profile image  

10/10/12 9:46 AM by Big Pun

I'm not sure what business school you obviously didn't go to, but you don't know your elbow from your asshole. Zuffa has a liability as a parent company. Strikeforce can't just close it's doors because it wants to. A fighter contract is not the same as a contract between two business enities. Only a fool would think otherwise and continually try to state that as a point. Comparing a television contract to a bout agreement is like comparing apples to Pluto. For a guy with logic in his forum name you seem to lack any. I'm done pointing out the obvious to you. Believe whatever you want Einstein.

simonpe site profile image  

10/10/12 4:59 AM by simonpe

ZUFFA will buy Invicta now and have all the girls fight there



 

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