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HDNet & Affliction Announce Long-Term Deal To Air Pay-Per-View Lead-In Fights

Affliction HDNet Deal

The press release:

HDNET FIGHTS AND AFFLICTION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE LONG-TERM DEAL TO AIR LIVE MMA EVENTS ON HDNET

Partnership solidifies HDNet as THE Home for Mixed Martial Arts on television

DALLAS (September 3, 2008) – HDNet Fights today announced a long-term partnership with Affliction Entertainment to air live MMA events exclusively in North America on HDNet. These live events, featuring the top Mixed Martial Arts fighters from around the world, will be broadcast on HDNet as a lead-in to Affliction’s Pay Per View Events.

“This is the beginning of a long-term partnership with Affliction that encompasses live MMA, co-marketing and top fighters for the top weekly show in MMA – Inside MMA on HDNet,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “Affliction has quickly become one of the top organizations in MMA which means it is a must have for HDNet.”

As part of the agreement, HDNet will feature the first ninety minutes of live bouts that are part of each Affliction MMA event. Affliction joins the deep HDNet Fights lineup, which already features more LIVE events than any other network on television today.

HDNet will kick off the coverage with Affliction’s upcoming “Day of Reckoning” event, to be broadcast LIVE from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on October 11th. HDNet’s coverage of the first three preliminary bouts will include a match-up between Jason High vs. Mike Pyle (welterweight) followed by Paul Buentello vs. Roy Nelson (heavyweight).

Kenny Rice, Bas Rutten, and Ron Kruck will be on hand to call the action live on the HDNet broadcast, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

This is good news if you have HDNet, but I can’t help but wonder how many fans won’t have the opportunity to see the lead-in fights on HDNet because they don’t get the channel. I know I won’t.

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