Network Inks Multi-Fight Deal with Resurgent Promoter
DALLAS (October 18, 2011) As announced on last nightâ€™s LIVE broadcast of â€œInside MMAâ€, HDNet unveiled a new, multi-fight, multi-year television deal with the ProElite fight promotion. The network will kick off the new deal with LIVE coverage of â€œHDNet Fights: ProElite - Big Gunsâ€ on November 5 at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL.
â€œAfter watching their first event in Hawaii, I could see ProElite was a great fit for HDNet,â€ said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. â€œThis upcoming card has the perfect mix of marquee names and an innovative, Heavyweight tournament that fight fans wonâ€™t want to miss!â€
Former UFC Heavyweight Champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski will headline the event in separate bouts while the undercard features an 8-man Heavyweight tournament to identify the up-and coming talent among MMAâ€™s heavy hitters!
â€œOur multi-fight agreement with HDNet elevates the ProElite brand to a national MMA audience with a preeminent broadcast partner,â€ said Paul Feller, CEO of ProElite and its parent company, Stratus Media Group. â€œThis platform offers new opportunities for sponsors and advertisers looking to reach this passionate and rapidly growing audience of ProElite fans.â€
HDNet Fights is your home for MMA, featuring extensive coverage of live mixed martial arts events and â€œInside MMA,â€ the networkâ€™s weekly MMA news program, airing every Monday night LIVE on HDNet!
HDNet (www.hd.net) is the independent network with unique and thought-provoking content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition.
HDNet presents exclusive, innovative and original programming, including the networkâ€™s Emmy Award winning HD news feature programs, "HDNet World Report," and "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather.
HDNet is your home for MMA, featuring the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, "HDNet Fights" (www.hdnetfights.com). "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving fans their weekly fix for everything MMA, while "The Voice Vsâ€¦," features Michael Schiavello going one-on-one with some of the biggest names in the sport.
HDNet also delivers the world_s largest and most diverse concert line-up through â€œHDNet Concerts,â€ now also presenting LIVE concerts in high definition. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring "Art Mann Presents," "Drinking Made Easy," "Deadline" and "Get Out!"
Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS . The HDNet networks can be followed via Facebook at facebook.com/HDNet, and facebook.com/HDNetFights and via Twitter at twitter.com/hdnet and twitter.com/hdnetfights.
Founded in 2006, ProElite has been a major global force in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), holding the record for the highest televised broadcast rating of a major network live MMA event. ProElite, based in Los Angeles, California, continues its legacy to hold key domestic and international live MMA events. The company owns U.K. based MMA brand Cage Rage and is a significant stakeholder in Spirit MC in South Korea. www.proelite.com
ABOUT STRATUS MEDIA GROUP
Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with offices in Los Angeles, California; New York City, NY; Geneva, Switzerland; and Perugia, Italy, Stratus Media Group, Inc. (SMDI) is an owner, operator, developer, producer, and marketer of live entertainment events. In addition, the company owns Stratus Rewards Visa White Card, an ultra-exclusive consumer rewards marketing and redemption program, providing premium redemption benefits to members in the form of VIP event access, luxury trips, private jet travel, luxury automobiles, high-end merchandise and other rewards. www.stratusmediagroup.com www.stratusmotorsports.com www.stratusrewards.com
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