VERSUS stays in the cage – network signs multi-year extension with WEC and adds two UFC events to 2010 lineup

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 16, 2009)-VERSUS, the cable television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®), today announced a multi-year extension with Zuffa LLC., the owners of both the WEC and UFC®.  As part of VERSUS’ renewal deal, the network will air seven live WEC fights and two live UFC events in 2010, marking the first time that live UFC events will air on a national sports cable network.

“Since 2007 fight fans have come to VERSUS for some of the best mixed martial arts action available on television.  WEC on VERSUS has been a tremendous catalyst for network growth and solidified our position as a top destination in the MMA category,” said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS.  “Continuing our thriving partnership with Zuffa and the addition of two UFC fights to our lineup will, without a doubt, propel VERSUS to the next level in live MMA offerings.”

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Viacom and Time Warner Cable come to terms, SPIKE TV safe

MMA fans worried that they would not be able to watch UFC on SPIKE TV in 2009 can rest easy.

Media giants, Viacom and Time Warner struck a deal agreeing on compensation that would allow SPIKE TV, Nickelodeon, MTV and 16 other channels to stay on Viacom programming.

Viacom originally wanted an additional $39 million on top of the $300 million Time Warner already pays. In order for Time Warner to acquire the $39 million it would be forced to charge subscribers an extra $2.76 annually.

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No more Spike TV for LA/NY cable viewers?

19 million cable viewers in NY and LA are close to losing some of their favorite cable channels, including SpikeTV, which broadcasts UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Countdown, and UFC Fight Night.

Viacom claims it has been trying to negotiate a “fair” renewal of its prized cable channels for months and months, but reputedly Time Warner Cable has been unresponsive and “unreasonable” so talks have stalled. The nation’s 2nd largest cable system operator, in turn, claims Viacom is asking for “exorbitant” increases in carriage fees which would have to be passed along to the customer. So now this fight between the two Big Media giants will hurt cable viewers.

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Multi-year deal makes HDNet the exclusive home of DREAM & K-1 in North America for 2009 and beyond

If HDNet wasn’t already bringing it’s viewers enough mixed martial arts action, 2009 will be even better as a new deal has been worked out that will bring DREAM and K-1 to the high-definition cable channel.

DREAM:
DALLAS (November 21, 2008) – HDNet Fights announced that it has extended its existing partnership with FEG USA, Inc. to present the DREAM Mixed Martial Arts events in 2009 and beyond. This announcement makes HDNet the exclusive North American television destination for the DREAM MMA events.

“We’re very happy to expand and continue this successful partnership with FEG USA, Inc.,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “DREAM is known for having the best MMA tournaments and superfights in the world and clearly has the greatest production and fighter entrances in the sport. This partnership solidifies our commitment to being THE Home of MMA.”

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