Showtime announces agreement to televise Strikeforce events


Premium-based cable network Showtime Networks announced Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to televise mixed martial arts events promoted by the San Jose-based Strikeforce.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to deliver live Strikeforce events on the Showtime premium television platform,” Strikeforce Founder and CEO Scott Coker is quoted as saying in a joint press release. “Showtime is a forward-thinking innovator with a reputation for producing outstanding original programming in sports and entertainment.  They have been a phenomenal partner in the past and we are looking forward to growing our relationship with them and bringing the Strikeforce brand of MMA to millions of Showtime subscribers.”

“Strikeforce has a history of presenting high-quality, compelling mixed martial arts events and we are thrilled to be able to bring their world-class events to our subscribers,” said Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming for Showtime.

The news comes on the heels of Strikeforce’s formal announcement that it has acquired select assets from ProElite, Inc., the parent company of EliteXC, which formerly had its events televised on Showtime.

According to the press release, Showtime will televise up to 16 events a year including Strikeforce world championship events as well as a series dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming fighters int he sport.

Today’s release confirmed previous reports that indicated Strikeforce’s first broadcast with Showtime under the terms of the new deal will take place on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

While the release states that a fight card will be released at later date, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed that middleweights Benji Radach and Scott Smith will be in action with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and current Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson also expected to compete in separate bouts as well.

April 11 will not be the first time Showtime and Strikeforce have worked together. The two companies were involved in the Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni event that was distributed on Showtime PPV in June of 2007. Additionally, Showtime also televised last March’s Strikeforce middleweight title fight between Shamrock and Cung Le.

While it is expected that CBS will televise Strikeforce events on a quarterly basis, no mention of a deal between the two companies was made in today’s announcement.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 15 days ago
  • 5 views

WSOF on Thursday announced its next two events, the first featuring Matt Hamill vs. Vinny Magalhaes, and the second pitting Yushin Okami vs. Ryan Ford. read news >>

  • 21 hours ago
  • 0 views

ONE Championship on Friday announced the next three installments of the ONE FC: Dynasty of Champions series. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Glory kickboxing announced a new broadcasting deal in the U.S. In addition to the Spike TV broadcasts, the premier kickboxing organization will air three events per year on CBS, called "Glory Superfi read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

British UFC welterweight and UFC commentator, Dan Hardy, shares his thoughts on the three upcoming European UFC events, announced last month by the organisation read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 13 views

During a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the UFC announced a plan to implement comprehensive out-of-competition PED testing effective July 2015. During a special press conference on Wednesda read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

LAS VEGAS—The Ultimate Fighting Championship today announced plans for sweeping changes to its overall drug-testing program that could change the face of mixed martial arts as we know it, including p read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC's Irish superstar announced when and where he'll be challenging for the featherweight title. Sorry Ireland. The UFC won't be renting out a stadium in Eire for Conor McGregor's title fight against read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

Since launching in 2011, the largest mixed martial arts organization in Asia has been known as One Fighting Championship. But as of this week, the promotion will now be known simply as One Championsh read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 67 views

A past Strikeforce and WEC champion, Nick Diaz could go down as one of the better fighters to never win a UFC championship. In February 2012 and March 2013, Diaz had respective shots at UFC gold oppo read news >>