Report: New Spike VP Reaffirms Commitment to MMA Programming
By FCF Staff
In the wake of a new, seven year long broadcasting deal between FOX and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Spike TV continues to take steps which indicate that the network remains committed to MMA programming, UFC or not.
Sports Business Daily is reporting that Spike has hired veteran TV executive Jon Slusser to become the company’s Senior VP of Sports and Multi-Platform Programming, and that further, Slusser intends “to pursue non-traditional events”, one of which is MMA.
The report refers to Spike’s recent decision to stream Bellator preliminary bouts on its official website, and cites the MMA promotion as possible programming content for the network in its post UFC era.
Slusser is quoted in the story stating that “Sports is a big initiative for Spike,” however, no specific details regarding new MMA programming are mentioned in the report.
For some time now, there has been considerable speculation as to whether Bellator and Spike would come to terms on a broadcasting deal, largely due to the fact that Bellator’s current broadcaster MTV 2, is owned by Spike’s parent company Viacom.