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SBD/March 8, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
New York Lawmaker Speculates MMA Will Be Approved By State, Could Increase Revenue
Published March 8, 2013
THIS IS IT? CBSSPORTS.com’s Gregg Doyel wrote UFC’s partnership with Fox Sports 1 is the MMA promotion’s “best chance, maybe even its last chance, to become the crossover behemoth many of its fans … have wanted to see.” But it is “not going to happen, sad to say.” UFC is “a niche sport, always has been and always will be, and its partnership with Fox Sports 1 won't change that.” Doyel: “No amount of luck will help the UFC get any more popular than it already is, however, because it has very nearly maxed out.” He continued, “What I didn't know in 2009, but what I can see now, is that almost everyone who might be interested in getting on board already was.” UFC in ‘09 “wasn't the next version of the NBA or MLB, a monster sport about to rise toward the top.” Doyel added UFC has "crested” (CBSSPORTS.com, 3/7).