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UFC and WME-IMG carefully crafted a triangulation strategy to navigate the rough 2016 American political waters. Now WME-IMG and Hollywood is going after Trump and has opened the door for him to sign an Ali Act for MMA.
When the UFC didn’t reportedly agree to substantial contractual changes proposed by Mark Hunt regarding punishment of fighters caught doping, Mark Hunt pulled the trigger and filed a potent lawsuit in Nevada to force a resolution.
What happens when you give creative control of your sport to a TV network that is at war with ESPN? You end up letting the inmates run the asylum and tear your athletes apart like savage animals.
You won’t have Mike Goldberg, Joe Silva, or maybe Ronda Rousey to kick around any more.
The political and production stylings of the “new UFC” were on display at the Golden-1 Center in Sacramento and it was quite a striking difference from the Lorenzo Fertitta era.
New data shows that without Al Haymon & WWE’s cash, California’s athletic commission would be hurting badTuesday, December 13th, 2016
The California State Athletic Commission’s financials are shakier than they seem to be. Without cash from Al Haymon & WWE events, California would likely be in the red and hurting.
UFC’s three economic weapons for retaliation against Andy Foster for giving Conor McGregor a boxing licenseThursday, December 1st, 2016
Andy Foster’s decision to give Conor McGregor a boxing license in California could spark a damaging political war with UFC.
UFC’s rivals are out for blood. CAA, Bjorn Rebney, and others attempting to organize fighters are making a full court press now that attempts to amend the Ali Act for MMA appear to be dead.
The UFC gambled big on backing Donald Trump and won. They did it to kill any momentum of amending the Ali Act for MMA. But now the political backlash begins and they’re about to get the negative campaign treatment from the activist Left.
Conor McGregor took Madison Square Garden by storm and now wants a piece of UFC ownership. As the labor wars intensify, how will Ari Emanuel and WME manage the problems talent has with the company?
The most audacious Al Haymon court argument yet: the TV networks are the promoters, don’t look at meTuesday, November 1st, 2016
Al Haymon’s two legal defenses against Golden Boy’s anti-trust lawsuit boil down to this: I’m not a promoter (the TV networks are) and Golden Boy is the one engaging in restrictive activity by not letting their fighters sign with me.
Mark Hunt has paid good money to hire San Diego attorney Christina Denning on retainer. Forget the big talk about possibly suing for racketeering and focus on the other causes of action instead.
Those in the MMA industry who think that Hillary Clinton will be any more interested than Donald Trump in amending the Ali Act to cover MMA fighters simply aren’t following the money.« Previous Entries