The first weekend of August looks to be a busy one for fight fans. On Saturday, we'll tune in to HDNet for the Affliction pre-lims, then watch the main card on PPV. A few hours later on the other side of the planet, Sengoku is putting together one of its best cards of the promotion's history.
Unfortunately for us HDNet subscribers, that two hour wait between Affliction and Sengoku is really a five day wait, as HDNet has decided postpone the broadcast of Sengoku IX until the following weekend on August 7th.
HDNet has been taking a lot of heat lately from carriers and service providers for having "limited appeal". If I had to guess, that appeal extends mostly to their HDNet Fights content, as I don't think I've ever heard glowing reviews of Bikini Destinations or Get Out!
On top of that, I suspect that many MMA fans could take or leave at least half of the mediocre pablum HDNet fights produces. No fight fans I know of are anxious to see a several weeks old M-1 card with bad Europeans no one has ever heard of. No fight fans I know of are tuning in to see the latest MFC David Heath barn burner. The fight fans I know of are the ones staying up all night to watch good MMA, live. Given how narrow a fan base the channel already has, does it really make sense to screw those few loyal fans?
The typical late saturday night/sunday morning schedule includes gems like Vegas Confessions and Art Mann Presents- two ridiculously obnoxious shows that typically already air at least three to four times a day. What does HDNet lose out on by showing Sengoku IX live instead of this crap?