MMAPayout.com is passing along news from a New York Times story today that ESPN is developing an original MMA series that will be distributed exclusively online and on mobile platforms.
From the Times:
Like many of the broadcasters, ESPN intends to play up its new-media offerings along with what is coming on TV, outlining plans for original programming that will appear only online or on mobile devices. Those shows include “Mayne Street,” featuring Kenny Mayne, the “SportsCenter” anchor; “Eric’s Got Issues,” with Eric Kuselias; “P.O.V.,” which will compile and present video clips that are submitted to ESPN by viewers and fans; and a series about mixed martial arts.
It’s good to see ESPN giving more and more coverage to MMA, even if it is slow in coming. If this sport takes off beyond the UFC, I really think it’s only a matter of time before ESPN has to start covering it like they cover the traditional sports. How great would a MMA version of NFL Live be? Yeah, I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but it doesn’t hurt to hope.