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Media notebook: UFC headed to Fox networks

by Mel Bracht Published: August 18, 2011
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The UFC has made it to network prime-time programming.

Mixed martial arts' dominant promotional company announced a seven-year deal with Fox on Thursday, putting four UFC shows on the network each year, beginning Nov. 12. The UFC also will appear prominently on FX, with live fights on most Friday nights and a revamped version of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the UFC's popular reality show. Other events and programming will appear on other Fox networks, including Fuel TV.

UFC President Dana White said the deal is the biggest step yet in MMA's transformation from a banned fringe sport into the national mainstream.

Fox will allow the UFC to control its own production, which had been a stumbling block in White's negotiations with network TV. White says he wants to make a fresh start in every aspect of UFC's programming, working with Fox to improve even its pay-per-view broadcasts.

SHORT TAKES

— ESPNU will nationally televise two state high school football games this fall: Evangel Christian (La.) at Tulsa Union at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 and Bethany at Heritage Hall at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

— “The Oklahoma High School Sports Express,” hosted by Van Shea Iven, returns for its fall season at 10:30 p.m. Sunday on KOKH-25. The premiere will feature coverage of the All-State Games.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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