Glory Sports Keeping Dream Alive in 2013; Could Promote Kickboxing on Spike TV


GLORY logoWe will see more of the DREAM promotion this year, according to sources close to AsianMMA.com.

DREAM, which is now officially owned and operated by GLORY, has plans of hosting four more shows in 2013, not including the NYE show that already occurred.  In addition, the promotion plans to hold 10 kickboxing shows in the year 2013.  No word as to whether or not these will be in Japan, but based on the interest garnered during the last event, it could certainly happen.

Real Entertainment, the operating entity that owned the DREAM brand went bankrupt in 2012 and sold the rights off to an entity belonging to GSI (Glory Sports International).  The exact details are sketchy, as with any international business deal, especially related to Japanese combat sports.

Following the transfer of ownership to all intellectual property and rights of the brand, GLORY put on a huge New Years Eve spectacle that included a heavyweight kickboxing tournament, as well as a mixed martial arts show.

GLORY is close to locking up a deal with one of two brands, Spike TV and CBSSports.  According to sources close to AsianMMA, the New Years Eve show was not a time buy and CBS paid GLORY to air their content.  For those that are unaware of what a time buy is, a number of promotions that are trying to make it big will pay a network to put their product on a big channel.  Upon doing so, they are then able to market their brand as being shown on a certain network, thus using that as advertising power. GLORY, however, did not do this.

Spike TV executives were at Saitama Super Arena just weeks ago to watch the event and met with executives from GLORY.  A television deal appears to be in the mix with GLORY, but nothing has been confirmed. We do know that the K-1 brand is over with on SpikeTV, thus leaving an entrance for the GLORY brand.

MMAWeekly.com has also confirmed that the two sides are talking and that an agreement could happen sooner rather than later. Any such agreement would likely bring GLORY’S kickboxing efforts to Spike TV, but not include DREAM, as the network is committed to Bellator MMA for its mixed martial arts offerings.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com and official content partner AsianMMA.com for all the latest on GLORY and DREAM.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 17 days ago
  • 8 views

GLORY kickboxing returns to the Spike TV airwaves on Feb. 6, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET from inside the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. That's where world heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (44-9-0, 1 read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

It looks like Joe Schilling will have a busy year, as he expects to fight in both kickboxing and MMA. Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator MMA announced two programs for Spike TV this Friday night (Jan. 9, 2015) as it builds up to the big Bellator 132 card on Jan. 16, featuring Patricio "Pitbull" Freire defending his featherwei read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 4 views

From Yahoo Sports: The Irish featherweight is one of MMA's most popular stars, so why wouldn't the UFC promote him heavily? read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: The Irish featherweight is one of MMA's most popular stars, so why wouldn't the UFC promote him heavily? read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 9 views

Slice vs. Ortiz could very well be Spike TV's dream come true. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Elite XC vet, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, will make his return to the sport of mixed m read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

"Iron Mike" will be talking shop with GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman in a special half-hour program on Spike TV. The show will preview the GLORY 19 main event and air o read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Spike TV is already the home of Bellator MMA and Glory kickboxing. Now, it's about to add the sweet science as well. The cable network is set to announce Thursday that it has read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. -- Spike TV has almost gotten into the boxing business before, engaging in talks with a who’s who of promoters, but a deal never came to fruition. read news >>