FSN, MyNetTV square off with IFL


NEW YORK -- The mixed-martial arts International Fight League said Tuesday that it has reached a multimedia agreement with FSN and MyNetworkTV that will include weekly shows on both networks.

The IFL is a league of 12 teams from the U.S. -- including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago -- plus Toronto and Tokyo that will start a nine-event regular season Friday. FSN will carry 22 one-hour events beginning in the second quarter for a multiyear term. Other FSN rights include pay-per-view and VOD.

The agreement also includes 22 two-hour programs, produced by the IFL, that will air on MyNetworkTV.

FSN also is involved in a joint venture with the IFL for the league's digital media rights. WMA was involved in negotiating the deal for the IFL.

The mixed-martial arts teams will compete through the semi-finals, which will be held Aug. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J. The finals will be Sept. 15 at the Forum in Inglewood, near Los Angeles.