Strikeforce To Air Weekly on NBC

MMA Junkie breaks the broadcast MMA news again!  According to them, Strikeforce has signed a deal with NBC:

The NBC-Strikeforce deal comes just weeks after CBS and ProElite, Inc. announced a formal partnership that will put four annual EliteXC events on primetime television. The first EliteXC-CBS event is expected to air in May. And though it won't be a live event, Strikeforce could actually beat EliteXC to the airwaves.

As part of the NBC deal, fight footage from past Strikeforce events will likely be shown in "highlights" shows, not unlike the Pride Fighting Championships shows that currently air on Fox Sports Net. The first Strikeforce show is expected to air in mid-April.

The program will likely air on late Saturday nights (early Sunday mornings) either immediately after or soon after the hit NBC series, "Saturday Night Live."

This is not as a big of a deal as the EXC/CBS deal, but it is a nice step for Strikeforce.  Dana was never going to accept a saturday night late night timeslot to show old fights, negotiations between UFC and NBC never even really got started.  If UFC does sign some kind of new deal, it will likely be with FOX or HBO.

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