Toronto, CAN – May 1st, 2006 – The Fight Network Inc. announced today that it has signed sportscaster Ryan Bennett to anchor and head up the channel’s growing commitment to news and event coverage from around the fight world.
“We are very excited here at The Fight Network to have landed such a unique talent as Ryan Bennett, said Mike Garrow President of Fight Network. “Ryan’s knowledge and insight in the various fight sports that we carry such as boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts is second to none, and we are very confident that viewers will come to appreciate Ryan’s personality and professionalism that he brings to out network,” he added.
Bennett has spent the past six years at the NBC affiliate in Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo, California at KSBY-TV as the top rated sportscaster in the market according to the Nielsen ratings. Before that Bennett was working for the NBC affiliate in Oregon as Sports Director. Bennett has also hosted several sports talk shows over the years with such stations as ESPN 1280 and Sports Radio 570AM.
Bennett has also provided play-by-play for several fight promotions over the years such as K-1, Rumble on the Rock, World Extreme Cage Fighting, IFC and a number of professional boxing events with the most recent show being seen on HDNET in the United States. Bennett has also worked for the Ultimate Fighting Championships (“UFC”) as an in ring reporter for UFC shows 33 to 40. Bennett is also a founding partner in MMA Weekly.com which is regarded by many to be the number one news source on the World Wide Web for mixed martial arts fans.
“A 24 hour specialty channel that is dedicated to all combatant sports and theme related entertainment is long over due,” said Ryan Bennett. “Given the great television history and Pay Per View success boxing and pro wrestling have had over the years and continues to have while a sports like mixed martial arts is now catching on in the main stream and growing so rapidly in popularity I don’t think Fight Network could have come along at a better time and I am honored that The Fight Network has given me the opportunity to be a part of it.” He added.
Bennett’s duties with the network will include over seeing news feature development as News Director, on air anchoring for the channel up coming news show, field reporting at all major fight sports events and play-by-play coverage for all Fight Network acquired event programming.
About The Fight Network.:
The Fight Network is a cross-platform media company with brand interest in television, radio and web. All three of these media offerings are seamlessly integrated to offer fans of combatant sports and related entertainment a true convergence experience. The Fight Network Inc. corporate headquarters is located in Toronto, Canada. Additional information on the company can be found at www.thefightnetwork.com.
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