Discussion in 'Worldwide MMA Discussion' started by TorontoTO, Oct 8, 2021.
PFL probably going to TNT and replacing ONE. The ESPN experinment is over it seems.
Wouldn't be the worst move I guess. TNT isn't a bad channel and they could piggyback off of AEW. This means ONE is done on TNT I assume.
Maybe they’ll have MMA on HBO Max…
Turner sports is making big moves in the sports content world…
I recall one of the PFL investors talking about how the end game for the product is to get picked up by a streaming service. That was how they'd recoupe their money. How they'd profit.
This was from around the time when DAZN made a deal with Bellator. Maybe PFL is looking for something similar with HBO Max.
That would most likely mean tape delay fail, hopefully not.
Why? They broadcast basketball live and I recently heard got the NHL too. They did ONE on tape delay because it was in Asia.
thats where the hopefully not comes in. MMA has a strange history of being treated like its a fictional TV show, unlike other sports. Hopefully TNT is smart enough to treat it like basketball.
ONEfc is in asia sure but they didnt just tape delay it... they aired a heavyweight title fight literally a month later... that goes way beyond tape delaying something for reasons of time zones... tho onefc is prolly the one to blame more than tnt for this... n ontop of that even tho they were tape delaying things.. they still aired them at like midnight on a weeknight in the usa anyway... which completely defeats the purpose of tape delaying something in order to show it during a more reasonable timeslot... none of it made any sense whatsoever
I understand where you're coming from but I think in the case of ONE it was a combination of being in Asia and strict COVID guidelines in Singapore. PFL won't have either of these barriers. Personally I don't mind watching MMA on delay (I prefer live, but not deal breaking to watch it the next day while avoiding spoilers) but I think a lot of fans feel the way you do.
There's zero reason PFL can't accommodate TNT's schedule to make the fights live being that they're stateside. Plus think about the whole league gimmick. A tape delayed league?
yeah tape delayed PFL is very unlikely. lets just hope they stay away from pay per view now... nobody is gonna pay per view to watch joe shmoe vs john doe as the main event.
A shame Shmoe and Doe made the finals after signing McGregor, GSP, Khabib, Masvidal and both Diaz Brothers. PFLs string of bad luck continues.
Think thats a good move. Can see TNT wanting to boost their sports programming with AEW, NBA and NHL, wouldnt cost them much.
If they get to piggyback off AEW on a Wed/Fri or an NBA game they'd do a nice number, more than the 100-200k they do now on ESPN 2.
I believe its planned to move AEW over to TBS in 2022. I'm guessing to make more room for NBA and NHL games on TNT. I could see PFL to TBS over going on TNT.
They could put PFL on after AEW, though it would be getting late on the East and even Central time zones. But that maybe the best chance of growing viewership instantly. Otherwise maybe a Tuesday night won't be bad, at least they have very little competition.
Looks like AEW will have spin off shows so will be on TBS & TNT.
AEW: Dynamite debut on TBS on January 5, 2022.
AEW Rampage will remain on TNT.
TNT, through the Turner Sports division of parent company Turner Broadcasting System, holds the broadcast rights to the following sports telecasts:
NBA on TNT (1989)
Major League Baseball on TBS (2007; overflow games for the MLB Division Series only, featuring TBS branding)
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament (2011; preliminary rounds)
AEW Dynamite (2019, moving to TBS on January 5 2022)
AEW Rampage (2021)
NHL on TNT (2021)
i like ONE on TNT. It's different. It's Asia based. You got muay thai, kickboxing, MMA. it's a totally different production than we're used to seeing in NA.
PFL is the lite version of UFC-lite. It's not even deserving of being called UFC-lite. Virtually every single thing UFC does, PFL copies outside of the tournament format.
PFL says they're the #2 promotion. They're #2 by default. Not by any measure of success.
Everyone uses the Coke/Pepsi analogy. It's not valid when talking about UFC and PFL or Bellator. Pepsi make a TON of money..just not as much as Coke. Pepsi has been spectacularly successful as a business. They are #2 because they've been successful. PFL or Bellator is #2 simply by existing. Simply by keeping the lights on. Big difference.
PFL & One C. are hanging on.. by constantly bringing in new investors.
Think TBS or TBN are both very USA type sports auidance, So PFL would be a better fit. One C. has sports like kickboxing and muay thai that have not caught on well yet. One C. needs to be on a sports network that does extreme sports.. like UFC used to be considered as.. Till they can make the jump to mainstream.
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