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CBS won’t be a reality for Reality Kings

102393_diftppgmqf_vlarge.jpgAficionados of adult feature entertainment will be saddened to learn that popular Internet pornography production company Reality Kings will not be allowed as a sponsor of Kimbo Slice for EliteXC’s first-ever CBS telecast on May 31.

Reality Kings is a company that operates many highly-trafficked pornographic web sites and has been very visible as a sponsor for Slice’s previous fights. Many people had been wondering whether or not the company would play a visible role during the CBS telecast for Slice’s fight next Saturday vs. James Thompson. However, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw made it clear in a response to a question by CBSSports.com’s Denny Burkholder during a conference call that took place on Thursday that Reality Kings will not be seen on CBS.

“One of Kimbo’s sponsors is Reality Kings, and Reality Kings operates a number of pornographic Web sites,” asked Burkholder. “Was there ever any discussion of banning Reality Kings from sponsoring Kimbo on the CBS show due to being on primetime network TV?”

“Yes, Reality Kings will not be on his clothing,” Shaw disclosed.

According to Shaw, the decision to prevent Reality Kings from being a visible sponsor was a joint one between CBS and EliteXC.

“We understand what’s socially responsible, and CBS has a very high standard for standards and practices,” he said. “And every logo we put on or whatever we do goes through CBS in their standards and practices.”

Fighters involved with next Saturday’s CBS debut have been signing sponsorship deals for record amounts. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has spoken to several fighters who have confirmed that “EliteXC: Primetime” will represent their career-high in sponsorships for a fight. And while things have been great for many of the fighters involved with the card, there have been some limitations placed on sponsorships.

Several managers contacted by Five Ounces Of Pain have informed us that while fighters can wear hats during their cage-walk entrance, they must wear an EliteXC hat while in the cage during their post-fight interview. The respective corner of a fighter also cannot drape a banner on the inside of the cage. Banners can only be displayed on the outside of the cage and can only advertise the fight camp that the fighter is representing. This site was also the first to report that EliteXC has banned Affliction-labeled clothing.

10 COMMENTS
  • egad81 says:

    well… if that is not a violation of our first amendment right I dont know what is.

    CENSORSHIP is wrong!!!

    I could see if there were naked bitches on kimbos fight shorts that might be in poor taste but to ban a logo because of the product they sell (which is NOT illegal)
    Sounds to me like AFFLICTION vs UFC all over again.

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  • Eric says:

    I want to see MMA succeed and getting sponsored by porn companies will probably hurt. Can you imagine the arguments about MMA being associated with porn and how it shouldn’t be in primetime? It’s bad enough people associate it with senseless brutality without actually checking the facts and seeing what it’s about. MMA doesn’t need porn. Porn needs MMA. I’m sure Kimbo can find someone else to sponsor him, I’m not worried for him. MMA has finally landed a primetime slot, something porn could only dream of, so they are leeching on and trying to get some publicity out of this. When Reality Kings starts up their own MMA company, then it is Affliction vs. UFC all over again. Until then it is keeping some scumbag company out of a sport we love.

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  • Chris says:

    Just thinking out loud: should the UFC ever get a network deal, do you suppose all the condomdepot.com shorts will be allowed?

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  • Egad81, CBS has a right to control what it airs. It’s not censorship, but product control. It’s a prudent business move – especially in light of the political climate in this country – to do so.

    I’m with Eric on this, MMA doesn’t need an association with pornographers, it would only sully the sport to the world at large. And it has the potential to bring back the days of the ‘human cockfighting’ image of the sport, so to speak.

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    I love those websites

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  • B-Leshosu says:

    I don’t blame CBS for keeping a close grip on the sponsors involved in their main even t fight. Maybe ignorant people will see that the sport is just that a sport not a bloodbath like people want to think.
    Also, I can’t wait to see how CBS works it’s crowd shots to miss the fans sporting the obvious Affliction shirts… I don’t think the Affliction ban is going to last too much longer for MMA events.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    So the porn guys got used and then tossed aside when they weren’t marketable anymore? What goes around comes around. LOL.

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  • DJA says:

    Say it with me slowly – the first amendment only applies to the government. Private business may regulate speech.

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  • RTL says:

    “MMA doesn’t need porn. Porn needs MMA.”

    Umm… hey, dumb-dumb. The MMA industry minus the UFC is a couple million dollar industry, and with the UFC, is scratching $1 billion. However, the pornographic industry is a $15 billion dollar industry.

    Reality Kings should be allowed as a sponsor. Both companies target their products/services for the same 18-34 male demographic. Playboy gets mentioned all the time on network television, but because it’s a public company that the parent companies of most network televisions want to be on good terms with, it always passes their standards and practices. Double standard, double standard.

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  • RUN PRODUCTIONS says:

    IM A KIMBO AND A REALITY KING FAN…. I THINK THAT THIS SHOULD BE KIMBO’S LAST FIGHT…. I KNOW $$$ TALKS BUT, YOU HAVE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT… AND ALL HE DOES ON THE WEBSITE IS BOUNCE…. HE’S LIKE A BODYGUARD… HE SHOULE WEAR SOMETHING THAT READS “R.K.”

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