Originally Posted by TheKidInside
How about the fact that CBS doesn't care about giving the SF or M-1 fighter(s) any exposure WHATSOEVER. is that M-1's fault also? They put in about 15 million dollars according to my convo with Evgeni Kogan for all the foreign broadcast deals...how much ad money has Showtime/Strikeforce/CBS put in?
You're comparing apples and oranges.
Look, I'm probably one of the staunchest, long-standing supporters of Fedor on the board, and one of the few people who think the Fink isn't as odious as dana.
But putting money into foreign markets--where they reap the bulk of the reward--isn't the same as CBS or Showtime putting money into it domestically. They want copromotion in the US, they need to copromote in the US. Spend money to make money.
M1 should love Fedor and should love MMA. CBS and Showtime don't need to care about the industry, because it's just another venue to either make them money or to be cut if it stays in the red. They're mainstream, and the luxury of the mainstream is that they don't need to give a shit about subcultures unless the subcultures work to make it worth their while.
So yes, it's great that M1 is working abroad, and again, I'm one of the few people who have repeatedly pointed out that Affliction Day of Reckoning
was seen in more homes than UFC 100. But they're not trying to do much to promote the name or the cards here in in the US, and they can't put all of the blame on CBS or Showtime for that. I'm sure they sold the deal to them based on Fedor being the GOAT [justifiably] but that CBS and Showtime didn't realize that you could be the GOAT and still be relatively unknown, that you could be the GOAT and not be a huge draw.
That being said, the Fink putting out a press release about every three weeks with incredible ground-breaking news always on the horizon--but never coming to fruition--is why I'm tired of them. All of them. Coker most of all.
Pull the trigger, Coker! Just pull it!