By Zach Arnold | April 16, 2007
By Zach Arnold
First, a quick PRIDE-related sidenote (this news is dated as of 4/16): The next court hearing in the Fishman Companies vs. Dream Stage Entertainment Inc. lawsuit (Clark County, Nevada) is scheduled for May 17th at 9 AM. The discussion will center around the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case or a summary judgment. The main attorney for Fishman Companies is Todd Bice (this may be his information) and the main attorney for DSE Inc. is Patrick Reilly (this may be his information).
Nikkan Sports reports that Zuffa LLC will name two American executives to run management for the ’shinsei’ (newborn) PRIDE organization. The expectation is that the two executives will come from UFC and will arrive in Japan at the end of April.
On IBJ Cafe, writer Tarzan Yamamoto wrote a rather incendiary column about Zuffa postponing the PRIDE 5/20 Saitama Super Arena show. I call the column incendiary because it’s the typical Japanese media spin that anyone could have predicted would be coming once Zuffa took over ownership. Expect more of these tactics from Japanese MMA writers, as they will try to make the image of PRIDE out to be more and more foreign as opposed to a Japanese product.
In the column, Yamamoto said that the 5/20 Saitama show being postponed confirmed his bad feelings that he had going into the PRIDE asset sale. He claims that with PRIDE under foreign ownership, the priority is profit-driven first and not with providing a Japanese-style human touch like DSE did. Yamamoto claimed that the ‘new’ PRIDE will be operated like a foreign company, with the bottom-line being the only thing that matters — which is why the 5/20 Saitama Super Arena show was postponed.