Friday Night Lights Out
|Friday Night Lights Out|
The logo for Friday Night Lights on Spike.
|Genre||Professional boxing bouts|
|Presented by||Scott Hansen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original release||March 13, 2015 –|
January 13, 2017
Friday Night Lights Out is the branding formally used for broadcasts of Premier Boxing Champions on the Spike cable network (now Paramount Network). In January 2015, following a similar deal made by NBC, Spike announced they would air monthly fight cards by the Haymon Boxing-created "Premier Boxing Champions". Spike's final boxing card aired in January 2017.
Friday Night Fights was apart of a rotation of live combat sporting events on Spike. This included 12-16 cards of mixed martial arts from the Bellator and eight events staged by global kickboxing outfit Glory. On those weeks in which there weren't any live fights, Spike intended on broadcasting “shoulder programming” designed to introduce viewers to fighters’ backstories and build momentum for grudge matches. Spike and Premiere Boxing Champions had a two-year agreement and had negotiated a network option for a third year that never made it into the final paperwork.
The program debuted on March 13, 2015 (the inaugural card featured Shawn Porter vs. Erick Bone in the opening bout, Chris Arreola vs. Curtis Harper, and Andre Berto vs. Josesito López in the main event) at 9 p.m. ET, with the promise at least 33 monthly cards -- nine in 2015 and 12 apiece in 2016 and 2017 -- it ultimately lasted for 17.
As previously mentioned, Spike's final PBC card aired on January 13, 2017 with a card featuring Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman, Norbert Nemesapati vs. Anthony Dirrell, and Juan Carlos Payano vs. Isao Gonzalo Carranza.
David Schwarz, Senior Vice President of Communications at Spike TV, said that one of the reasons for Spike deciding to discontinue its commitment to PBC was “a general dissatisfaction with the quality of cards being provided by PBC founder Al Haymon.” Spike also cited the decision to more heavily support Bellator MMA, which is owned by Spike's parent company, Viacom.
Antonio Tarver, who served as a member of Spike's broadcast team, explained that "I remember back in the day when fighters started their careers on NBC. Network TV. That's how legendary stars were made. I think NBC and Spike are going to do the same for today's fighters."
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