As television deals seem to be falling into place left and right in the mixed martial arts industry, Fight Entertainment Group, the primary partner behind the new Dream mixed martial arts promotion in Japan, has agreed to an American broadcasting deal with HDNet, according to sources close to the negotiations.
Although no contracts have been signed, FEG and HDNet have reportedly agreed to the primary terms of the deal, which would air the promotion’s April 29 Dream event on a tape-delayed, same day telecast. The remainder of the promotion’s events for 2008 could possibly air on a live basis, but that has not yet been determined.
MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that Saturday’s Dream.1 event could possibly air at a later date, but would not be live or on a same day delay. A report from Sherdog.com on Friday night corroborated that information, stating that Mike Kogan, Director of FEGUSA, Inc., indicated that Dream.1 could possibly air sometime next week on HDNet.
Officials from neither organization would confirm that an agreement had been finalized, saying only that they were in ongoing negotiations.
The news follows the official announcement of at least four EliteXC events per year airing on the CBS television network and a likely agreement between Strikeforce and NBC.