VIACOM and CBS chairman Sumner Redstone has spoken out about his network’s decision to begin televising mixed martial arts in the form of Elite Xtreme Combat on Saturday, May 31. The news comes courtesy of a report in the Hollywood Reporter.
Redstone, speaking during a panel discussion about the sports industry at the Milken Institute Global Conference, was critical of CBS President and CEO Les Moonves, proclaiming Moonves’ decision to televised MMA was probably a mistake and not “socially responsible.”
Simply put, the 84-year old is just not a fan of MMA.
“I’m a lover not a fighter,” Redstone said. “I don’t like the sport.”
Fox Sports president Ed Goren also spoke at the conference and was even more critical of MMA.
“We don’t need money that badly,” Goren is quoted as saying in the Hollywood Reporter article.
Goren’s comments were especially interesting amidst rumors that the UFC is speaking to FOX about a possible deal that would bring MMA to the network. Adam Swift of MMAPayout.com is reporting that the UFC is talking to FOX’s entertainment division, not its sports division.