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How the Zuffa lawsuit against Bellator and Ken Pavia brings back memories of TNA's early woes

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With the UFC and WEC's parent company Zuffa LLC filing a lawsuit against The Bellator Fighting Championship and agent Ken Pavia that alleges corporate espionage, I'm reminded of a similar story from 8 years ago (which is also covered in great detail in Jerry Jarrett's book about the early history of TNADerek Burgan's review of the book is also worth reading).  When TNA first launched with its $9.95 weekly PPV concept (in lieu of trying to secure a national TV deal in some form), they hired PPV consultant Jay Hassman (referred to as "Jay Haussmann" in Jarrett's book), who was a Vice President in WCW, running their PPV department.  At the same time, Hassman was working for Team Services, which worked with WWE in distributing their Fanatix PPV series, but TNA didn't know that.

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