Kickboxer’s estate sues Roufusport

March 25, 2017

The Estate of Dennis Munson, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against the Roufus Sport and other entities as a result of his death during an amateur kickboxing event in Milwaukee.  John Diedrich of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on the lawsuit and previously wrote about the errors that occurred on the night the amateur kickboxer died.

In addition to Roufus Sport, the estate sued the ring side doctors on hand among others that failed to stop the unregulated amateur fight.  At the time, amateur kickboxing was not covered by the state of Wisconsin – only boxing and MMA.  A law was passed after the unfortunate incident to include kickboxing as a regulated sport in the state.

Since kickboxing was unregulated at the time, the state did not investigate the event.  An investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department and the district attorney’s office did not bring criminal charges.

Payout Perspective:

The lawsuit, filed this past week, was likely to occur due to the safety failures surrounding the event.  It’s not clear that regulation would have saved Munson’s life, but there would be a greater likelihood that with safety rules in place, the fight would have been stopped earlier and/or the measures to ensure the medical attention needed might have prevented his death.

Bellator Kickboxing draws 287,000 viewers on Spike TV

September 26, 2016

Bellator Kickboxing drew 287,000 viewers on Spike TV Friday night according to Sports TV Ratings.

Friday’s event was live from Budapest, Hungary.  In addition, the event which aired from 9:00pm-10:51pm ET drew 105,000 in the adult 18-49 demo.

Previously, Bellator Kickboxing drew 346,000 viewers in its debut this past April.  In June it improved to 418,000 viewers .

Payout Perspective:

Bellator went up against College Football on FS1 (USC/Utah) which drew 1.042M viewers.  The event was the lowest-rated of the 3 thus far as Bellator is attempting to re-introduce kickboxing to Spike.  Thus far, it does not seem to be working.

September’s PBC on Spike draws 547,000 viewers

September 13, 2016

PBC on Spike TV Friday night drew 547,000 per Sports TV Ratings.

In the main event Daniel Jacobs stopped Sergio Mora to retain his middleweight world title.  Per Sports TV Ratings, it drew 187,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.

The event was up a slight increase from PBC last event on Spike TV in August.  Jacobs’ win makes him the next in line to face Gennady Golovkin if we listen to the World Boxing Association’s issuance of a mandatory challenge.

PBC on Spike
3/13/2015 869,000
4/24/2015 569,000
5/22/2015 772,000
6/12/2015 446,000
8/14/2015 679,000
9/11/2015 581,000
10/16/2015 315,000
11/13/2015 466,000
4/1/2016 873,000
4/29/2016 513,000
7/29/2016 531,000
8/27/2016 507,000
9/9/2016 547,000

Payout Perspective:

Notably, PBC on Boxing did better than Glory Kickboxing on ESPN2 later that night as it drew 517,000 viewers.  Earlier in the college football on ESPN2 featuring Louisville-Syracuse scored the highest rating for sports on cable Friday night with 1.73 million viewers.

Yao Ming investment group acquires stake in parent company of Glory Kickboxing

September 12, 2016

Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming’s investment company has acquired “a significant stake” in Glory Sports International, the parent company of Glory Kickboxing.  Per a Glory press release on Monday, it has completed a Series B financing led by Yao Capital.

Via Glory press release:

Focusing on growth stage sports & entertainment investment opportunities, Yao Capital was founded by former NBA superstar Yao Ming, veteran investor David Han, the former Chief Investment Officer of Wanda Group and former Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, and Erik Zhang, Yao Ming’s long-time business partner and Team Yao leader.

“To me, the sport of kickboxing is a synonym for courage, grit and the will to succeed,” said Yao Ming, Chairman and co-founder, Yao Capital. “As kickboxing is gaining worldwide popularity among the younger generation, Yao Capital is pleased to partner with GLORY, the world’s number one league in this field. Today, we join forces to promote the sport of kickboxing and encourage more young people to be involved in this sport to become the hero in their own life.”

Payout Perspective:

Yao had a successful career in the NBA with the Houston Rockets and was elected to the Hall of Fame this past year.  Since retiring, Yao has become involved in various businesses.  Yao Capital was established in January 2016.  The investment in sports continues as we know the UFC was purchased by a group led by WME-IMG for $4 billion.  Formula One Racing was recently purchased by Liberty Media valued at $4.4 billion.  Yao’s deal likely represents an opportunity to diversify its holdings as well as the possibility of expanding into China.  For Glory, the investment should help with its infrastructure as it likely looks to expand.

Rampage main event at Dynamite 2 draws over 1M viewers

June 29, 2016

Rampage Jackson’s win over Satoshi Ishii at Dynamite 2 on Spike TV Friday night drew 1,040,000 viewers per Nielsen.  The main event peaked with 1,140,000 viewers.

Overall the 3-hour broadcast on Spike TV Friday night drew 675,000 viewers in adjusted DVR+3 ratings. In overnight (Live + SD) ratings, Dynamite 2 drew 601,000 viewers.

In addition, Bellator Kickboxing which aired immediately after Dynamite 2 drew 439,000 viewers.  The main event featuring Joe Schilling-Hisaki Kato drew 624,000 viewers and peaking with 642,000.  The overnight ratings for Bellator Kickboxing drew 418,000.

Payout Perspective:

The adjusted rankings and viewership during the respective main events are very good.  Obviously, June 2015’s tentpole event fared much better as Slice-Shamrock peaked at 2.1M viewers which was the best in company history.  However, Dynamite 1’s highest quarter hour this past September drew 930,000 viewers.  The Rampage Jackson fight drew better despite the overall average of the event doing less than September’s Dynamite event.

Bellator Kickboxing draws 418,000 in second event

June 27, 2016

Bellator Kickboxing on Spike TV Friday night drew 418,000 viewers which is an increase from its debut.

Per Sports TV Ratings, it drew 210,000 viewers in the adult 18-49 demo.  The event aired (10:59pm-12:40am) immediately after Bellator 157.

In April, Bellator Kickboxing drew an average of 346,000 viewers.  It averaged 464,000 for the first hour and peaked with 730,000 viewers.

Payout Perspective:

We will update this with more information on the ratings but one might suspect the first hour of Bellator Kickboxing was bolstered by Dynamite 2.  Even though the overall Dynamite 2 rating may have disappointed, an average of 418,000 viewers for kickboxing on Spike TV is very good.  It’s a nice start for Bellator’s Kickboxing promotion and shows that there is a potential market for the sport.

Bellator Kickboxing’s debut draws 346,000 on SpikeTV

April 29, 2016

Bellator Kickboxing last Friday drew an average rating of 346,000 on Spike TV per Nielsen.  The debut of the promotion’s kickboxing followed Bellator 153.

Notably, per Nielsen the first hour of Bellator Kickboxing averaged 464,000 viewers and peaked with 730,000.

Payout Perspective:

The debut of Bellator’s foray into kickboxing promotion did well considering it was late at night following a two hour plus Bellator card.  The broadcast did slightly lower than the average for Glory on Spike TV (in 13 events on the network, it averaged 426,000 viewers).  We shall see if Bellator can fare better than Glory did on Spike.

Bellator announces famous PRIDE announcer for Bellator: Dynamite 1

September 11, 2015

Bellator MMA teased the addition of a legendary MMA figure to the Bellator: Dynamite 1 event a few weeks back. Yesterday, they announced the addition of former PRIDE announcer and MMA legend Lenne Hardt via the apropos usage of SoundCloud.

Bellator: Dynamite 1 is scheduled to take place on September 19th from SAP Center in San Jose, CA and will feature the LHW title bout between Tito Ortiz vs Liam McGeary as the main event.  Bellator: Dynamite 1 will also hold a one-night Four Man LHW Tournament in addition to Glory kickboxing bouts in a unique ring plus cage arena setup announced for the event.


Payout Perspective:

This is not the first time Scott Coker has paid homage to his Japanese roots.  Back in 2011-2012, just before Strikeforce was sold to Zuffa, Coker and match-maker Rich Chou were the composers of the now famed Strikeforce HW GP, which included HW fighters such as Fedor, Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Sergei Kharitonov, Antonio Silva, Andrei Arlovski, and Brett Rogers.

Also planned for the event was the addition of Lenne Hardt, but scheduling conflicts prevented Scott Coker and Lenne Hardt to come to an agreement. Bellator: Dynamite 1 is the second chance Coker and Hardt had been looking for since their first failed attempt back in the Strikeforce era.

Glory signs TV deal with CBS Sports Network

February 6, 2015

MMA Fighting reports that Glory kickboxing has brokered a deal with CBS Sports Network to air three shows per year.  The deal adds to the organization’s television package as it plans on nine live events per year on SpikeTV.

The CBS Sports Network deal will air Glory three times a year and will support the live event broadcasts on SpikeTV.  The CBS broadcast, “Glory Superfight Series” will feature five fights on the undercard that did not make the SpikeTV live broadcast.  Glory on CBS will be on a one-week tape delay.

Glory CEO Jon Franklin believes that this second television deal will help expand Glory’s audience base.  Franklin sees the CBS Sports deal as getting his product in front of mainstream sports fans that tune into the network as opposed to SpikeTV where the lead-in is usually Cops.

The events on CBS Sports Network will air 11pm to 1am Eastern but in prime time on the west coast.

CBS Sports Network is available to 96 million homes nationwide.

Payout Perspective:

It’s a very compelling strategy that should help Glory attempt to expand its audience.  Not only will it be on SpikeTV where the network is building out its Friday night as a “combat sports” night with MMA, Boxing and Kickboxing, it will be on a pure sports network.  MMA organization Titan FC is also on CBS Sports Network as well as boxing.  But, Glory should get some eyes from mainstream sports fans.

Glory appoints new CEO, returns to Spike for ’15

August 20, 2014

Glory Sports International announced that it has appointed Jon J. Franklin as Global Chief Executive via company press release.  It also announced that it has extended its agreement with Spike TV to provide original kickboxing programming through 2015.

Via Glory press release:

GLORY Sports International and its board of directors today [August 19, 2014] appointed Jon J. Franklin as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Franklin will oversee management of the world’s premier kickboxing league, with coverage in over 170 global territories.

Since 2002, Franklin has been President of The Sports and Entertainment Company (Sports-EntCo), a sports and entertainment marketing firm that assisted with production, programming, sponsorship, and logistics for GLORY events in the United States.

“I look forward to working with Jon in this new capacity. He has been a big part of our incredible success thus far and is uniquely suited to lead GLORY into the next phase of development,” said Pierre Andurand, GLORY Chairman and Co-Founder. “With Jon at the helm, we are confident that 2015 will be a banner year in the evolution of our brand as a leading combat sports league in the United States and abroad”.

Previously, Franklin spent 15 years in senior roles at IMG-Media and has also served as President of Golden Gloves Boxing LLC and AP-X, a division of America Presents Boxing.

“I’m honored to have been a part of GLORY’s growth into one of the top fight promotions worldwide, but the work is not done,” said Franklin. “I truly believe that we have the best athletes in the world, with production for both live audiences and home viewers that is second to none. As we move into the new year, I can’t wait to share GLORY’s global vision for kickboxing with our fans.”

Andrew Whitaker, who served as CEO previously, will assume an advisory role withGLORY as a consultant for business development.

Payout Perspective:

The big news for kickboxing fans is that Glory will be returning to Spike TV in 2015.  We will see if there will be a new direction for the company in 2015 with the appointment of Franklin.  It will be interesting to see how it intends to increase the brand and whether it will make another attempt at a PPV or focus on events on Spike.

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