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Strikeforce Confirms Deal with CBS

Written by Tom Ngo
February 14th, 2009
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Shortly after Strikeforce completed the acquisition of ProElite’s assets, they closed a three-year, 16 event contract with Showtime. Now, CEO Scott Coker is confirming the promotion will be airing primetime shows on CBS.

“Well, I can tell you this,” Coker told CBSSportsline.com. “Obviously there is confidentiality in all of the contracts we’ve signed so I can’t tell you the details. But I can tell you that there is a CBS contract in place.”

Coker was unable to say for certain when CBS would broadcast their first Strikeforce event, only stating that there are still a lot of details that need to get ironed out.

“So they finished all of the negotiating and when it came down, it happened so fast and really the three entities (Strikeforce, Showtime, CBS), we all haven’t had a chance to sit down. We plan to do that at the end of this month in New York and plan out the year so I could probably have more information for you at the beginning of March.”

It is not known how many CBS primetime events will be agreed upon, however if they continue last year’s schedule, they will hold one every three to four months. Showtime will be Strikeforce’s primary promoter.

“We have an option to broadcast Strikeforce events on CBS, but the plan is for Showtime to be the main outlet,” said Chris Ender, a spokesperson for CBS Corporation, the parent company of CBS and Showtime.

Strikeforce will be holding their first Showtime event on April 11th. Here are the fighters Rumored to be competing at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Gilbert Melendez vs. TBD
Josh Thomson (Strikeforce Lightweight Champion) vs. TBD
Frank Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz
Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith

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