Bellator Announce Move to CBS Sports Network
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Bellator President Scott Coker held a special press conference on Friday, where he announced that Bellator MMA will be moving from Paramount Network to CBS Sports Network beginning October 1st.
This is significant for the promotion because although they are moving to another network under the Viacom/CBS umbrella, they will now be seen on a sports network that will allow them to generate more interest from within the sports community.
One of the knocks on Bellator in the past was that some of their international events would aired via tape-delay in North America when the results and clips of fights had already been posted on social media by that point and vice-versa when events took place in the United States.
Bellator have addressed that issue fans have had and revealed that CBS Sports will be airing all the events live as well as the prelims on CBS Sports.com and Bellator’s YouTube channel.
In a press release, Coker thanked Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV, for believing in MMA and making MMA programming a fixture on their network for well over a decade:
“CBS Sports is synonymous with iconic sports broadcasting and it is incredible to now have Bellator MMA included in that family. I would like to thank Paramount Network, formerly Spike TV, for the years of support that helped build Bellator into the organization that it is today, and this news marks yet another exciting relationship between two ViacomCBS properties. I look forward to bringing the biggest fights, featuring the top athletes in the world, live to CBS Sports Network and introducing Bellator to an entirely new audience this fall.”
The first event broadcasted on CBS Sports will be Bellator 247 live from Milan, Italy, on October 1, which is headlined by a welterweight bout between Paul “Semtex” Daley and Derek Anderson.
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