FEG: Dream Near Deal With HDNet

By Josh Gross Mar 14, 2008
Fight Entertainment Group and HDNet are close to finalizing a deal that would air six Dream events from Japan on the high-definition network in 2008, Mike Kogan, Director of FEGUSA, Inc., informed Sherdog.com via e-mail Friday afternoon.

The deal, Kogan said, would tentatively begin next week with a delayed broadcast of Saturday's Dream debut in Tokyo featuring the opening round of the organization's 154-pound tournament. Future broadcasts, beginning with the April 29 card, would be "near live," he said.

"FEG has been working with HDNet in bringing the Dream 2008 Light and Middleweight GP events to North America," Kogan told Sherdog.com. "And while the deal is not officially signed yet, it is very close to being finalized with most of the important elements already agreed upon."

HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon told Sherdog.com late Friday afternoon that a deal between HDNet and FEG has not been signed, and declined to comment further on a potential agreement. Discussions between HDNet and FEG have been ongoing, he confirmed.

Dream executive Keiichi Sasahara noted at the event's final press conference on Friday that a broadcast deal with HDNet, or any other North American partner, was not near being finalized.
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