MAIN EVENTS, NBC SPORTS ADD MORE SHOWS
Press Release: NBC Sports Group and Main Events will expand their partnership in a second season of prime time boxing. The Saturday night boxing series will expand from six to as many as 16 telecasts. NBC Sports Group will continue to work with Main Events and Hall-of-Fame matchmaker J Russell Peltz. According to a Main Events press release, the collaboration allows any promoter the opportunity to get their boxers involved in these programs and allows viewers the ability to see world class match-ups that would not otherwise take place. "We are once again reaching out to all promoters to get involved in the series." said Kathy Duva, president, Main Events. "The multiple promoter format worked incredibly well during season one and we are hoping to continue to build on the momentum. All fighters who are willing to further their careers by engaging in compelling, interesting, meaningful matches are welcome."
"This series is the best thing that has happened to boxing in years," said Hall-of-Fame promoter/matchmaker J Russell Peltz. "In just four shows, we have seen the emergence of US heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings and junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado. We have shown matches between world-rated fighters and that's something you rarely see these days on television. On top of that, the fights have been promoted the old-fashioned way, in sold-out noisy venues in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Bethlehem [PA] and Newark. This is the way boxing was meant to be."
"Fight Night has been a tremendous success. The unique approach to have multiple promoters competing to put fights on the NBC Sports Network has allowed us to produce compelling match-ups and incredibly exciting shows" said Jon Miller, President, programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "NBC's is committed to the property and we are looking forward to expanding the series from six telecasts to-up-to 16."
Two dates have already been scheduled for the 2013 calendar, and additional dates will be announced as they are confirmed. A minimum of six telecasts will take place each year on the NBC Sports Network, and up to two broadcasts will air each year on NBC.
As part of the agreement, an additional Fight Night telecast has also been added to the 2012 calendar. The show will air on Saturday, December 22 on NBC, from 4-6 p.m. ET. The fight card will be announced at a later date.