Quadros has started a blog and offered a brief comment on the demise of ProElite. To wit:
I have received many inquiries about ProElite, which was the parent company of the MMA brand EliteXC, going out of business recently. I commentated on EliteXC (and their smaller brand ShoXC) events since July 2007. But to the shock of many I never worked ‘for’ ProElite, EliteXC, etc. I work for Showtime Networks, who in turn televised the EliteXC and ShoXC events. Its the equivalent of the TV broadcast of last year’s Super Bowl: the New York Giants or the New England Patriots did not employ the commentators, Fox network did.
This is a relatively new reality for fans who follow the mixed martial arts fight game. But in most sports its commonplace; the network hires the broadcasters who call the action for the revolving door of teams and athletes. But up until recently the mixed martial arts fight business has not done it the way, while the rest of the sports world has.
Prior to working for Showtime as a fight analyst and interviewer, I spent the last decade working directly for various fighting events and had fun doing so. But I must say that working for the network, Showtime in this case, is a pleasant turn indeed.
I wouldn't read too much into this other than to say if Showtime does decide to continue its investment in MMA programming, they've set themselves up to have consistent and mostly unbiased analysts covering the action. Personally, I thought the tandem of boxing stalwart Al Bernstein and Stephen Quadros was a breath of fresh air. The UFC, of course, uses in-house commentators in Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg. And while I find Rogan to be a largely independent voice, the arrangement of utilizing in-house commentators for the largest and most important MMA organization in existence is dubious. Rogan may not succumb to internal pressure, but he won't be the commentator forever. Will his replacement be as bold and forthright?
Oh, and welcome to the blogosphere, Fight Professor.