World Series of Fighting has 1 year contract on NBC Sports Network
September 9, 2012
MMA Junkie reports on the television contract of the World Series of Fighting on NBC Sports Network. Ray Sefo, WSOF head, indicated that the organization has a one year deal with the network although its his plan to run 8-10 events a year.
Sefo clarified the position that WSOF will be in discussion with NBC Sports Network about the future of the organization after its debut November 3rd. While the plans to run 8-10 events are a goal, it’s not a definite reality. If WSOF does well, it could become a monthly show on the network.
WSOF has enlisted pro wrestler/former Olympic amateur wrestler Kurt Angle as a color commentator for the debut card in November. He will be there alongside Bas Rutten and Michael Schiavello.
Despite the 1 year deal, it appears that NBC Sports is getting behind the WSOF as it has taken out a full page ad in the Sports Business Journal and has hired on some well-known announcers for commentating. WSOF has booked familiar names from Strikeforce and the UFC (e.g., Miguel Torres, Bobby Lashley, Josh Burkman and Gerald Harris to name a few) which should help with the casual MMA fan. 8-10 events a year might be ambitious at this point. It could be that NBC Sports Network will take the same tact it has done with NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night. As we indicated previously, the network probably hopes it does well as it furthers its programming and provides some competition to the UFC programming on Fuel.
Anyone else think that the WSOF acronym may be a little too close to the WSOP (World Series of Poker) acronym.