Network Execs Criticize MMA


During a round table discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference, major TV execs had some not so kind words to say about the CBS EliteXC partnership orchestrated by current CBS CEO, Les Moonves.

CBS and Viacom split into separate companies in 2004.

Viacom (MTV and BET) Chairman Sumner Redstone,

“Les[CBS CEO] usually asks my opinion…the deal, struck with Elite Xtreme Combat, probably was a mistake, not because CBS won’t turn a profit from it but because it is not “socially responsible” to air the typically bloody bouts on free, broadcast TV.”

“I’m a lover not a fighter…I don’t like the sport.”

Fox Sports President Ed Goren,

“We don’t need money that badly.”

TG: MMAPayout