Dana White’s latest combat sports venture, Dana White’s Power Slap League, was due to debut on TBS on January 11. However, that’s no longer going to happen.
A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports reported that TBS, which is owned by Warner Media, has quietly pulled White’s new show from their schedule. White’s Power Slap League’s timeslot has now been filled with a re-runs of Young Sheldon.
NEWS: Is TBS/Warner Media quiet quitting Dana White's latest venture? Days after footage of the UFC's president's physical altercation with his wife surfaced via TMZ, the debut of the Power Slap league was removed from TBS' schedule. My @FOS story. https://t.co/5sq7fQA4ie— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) January 5, 2023
In the show's place for Jan. 11 — and the following Wednesday — are reruns of Young Sheldon.— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) January 5, 2023
Screen grab on the left is how TBS's schedule looked as recently as last night. On the right, Is what shows up today. pic.twitter.com/JP5YiA82i4
The decision to remove White’s show seems obvious. However, the days of radio silence from TBS, and other entities, had suggested that White may not face any tangible repercussions for his actions.
Immediately after the video showing him hit his wife were posted on TMZ, that outlet also shared a video from White where he admitted to being in the video and said he had no excuses.
That outlet also ran a statement from White’s wife. In that statement she said her and her husband were embarrassed over the incident and that alcohol was to blame. She added that something like this had never happened before in their thirty years of marriage.
With White’s new show seemingly shelved, attention now switches to the UFC (owned by Endeavour) and it’s broadcast partner ESPN (owned by The Walt Disney Company).
At this time of writing neither of those companies have directly addressed this incident.
UPDATE: New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand reports that TBS has since announced that they will go ahead with the airing of Dana White’s Power Slap League. But the debut date of the reality show has been pushed back one week, to January 18th, in light of White’s recent actions.
TBS says it will go ahead with Dana White's Slap League on Jan. 18th. As we reported earlier, it is delaying it a week after White was caught on tape slapping his wife. https://t.co/BH4v5YGd9D— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) January 5, 2023
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