TJ Thompson, head of fight operations at Proelite, is a little perturbed with MMA media, and understandably so. Recently, an article on a popular MMA website surfaced, stating:
“ProElite is in the final stages of negotiations for a multi-year television deal with Viacom that will see its events broadcast on both Showtime and CBS starting in the first quarter of 2012.”
Problem is, TJ states that nothing could be further from the truth, and that statements such as these, are potentially damaging to future negotiations with the broadcast networks they do happen to be trying to get television deals with. He goes on further to state that the responsible party in writing this article didn’t go the extra mile to verify the source of “inside info” by contacting himself or Rich Chou, and that information absolutely did not come from within Proelite.
When asked if there were any active negotiations on the table with the CBS/Showtime team, he said “nothing at all for the very near future.”
Regarding the availability of Proelite shows to the fans, Thompson said that Sherdog would be streaming their first event, and that extra measures would be taken to ensure a quality webcast. The commentary team will not be the usual suspects of Baroni/Breen/De Santis, but will feature MMA legend, Jens Pulver, doing the color commentary with local, Hawaiian sportscaster, Kanoa Leahey as the second man in the booth.
Thompson spoke on the possibility of bringing some of the Golden Glory fighters to Proelite, and says that while Alistair Overeem is not involved in their talks, due to a contract negotiation period, they are very interested in the rest of the team, to include Marloes Coenen and Siyar Bahadurzada. There have been no talks with M-1 regarding recently released, Fedor Emelianenko.
TJ Thompson can be easily reached via his Twitter
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