FOX hoping to broadcast UFC Superbowl weekend

by Ariel Helwani | source:

FOX is hoping to make next year's Super Bowl week in the New York metropolitan area an appealing one for MMA fans.

The network is already set to air Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Eric Shanks, president of FOX Sports Media Group, said on a Tuesday conference call to promote UFC on FOX 5 that he hopes the UFC will hold an event in the area the night before the big game.

"We would love to," Shanks said of the idea. "We think that Super Bowl week, in New York, is going to be unlike anything else. We're going to own the city. We're going to own that week of sports television, and there's nothing better that we can think of than a big fight that week.

"So, we're talking to Dana and Lorenzo about that -- love for it to happen -- we're going to see if they can put it together."

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Othello site profile image  

11/28/12 10:59 PM by Othello

To much demand for UFC and just not enough high quality product to go around.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

11/28/12 10:48 PM by MMALOGIC

probably be the weekend before to kick off the week.

junobeach site profile image  

11/28/12 9:42 PM by junobeach

Two superbowls on the same weekend? Hows that gonna work out

If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much site profile image  

11/28/12 9:36 PM by If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much

Simple solution:Put first 3-4 fights on FX or FuelPut next 4 fights on FoxThen do PPV with next 5 fightsUse the PPV to send viewers to the PPV and STACK the card so it's like 2 big shows in one night. One on Fox and one on PPV right after. Maybe have that PPC be the Jon Jones vs Silva card and use Fox "prelims" to draw interest.

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

11/28/12 9:11 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

It would make more sense to air an event on FOX during Super Bowl weekend than going head to head with Pacquiao-Marquez will. The problem is that SB weekend is money for UFC on PPV. They won't want to trade that money for a free view on FOX with hopes a percentage buy future events.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

11/28/12 4:27 AM by time traveling 12er

If they did get the OK in New York I wouldn't be surprised if Prokhorov outbid the MSG group to get the very first UFC event in his brand new building in brooklyn.

Matt Phillips site profile image  

11/28/12 3:52 AM by Matt Phillips

They need to leverage NY politicians and get that shit in MSG!

Enemies site profile image  

11/28/12 3:36 AM by Enemies

Ugh, big PPV weekend for them... Sounds like Fox is putting the screws to Zuffa.

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11/27/12 10:40 PM by fitch n prey

Lol @-33


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