There’s a new article out that is reporting that starting in the fall IFL Battleground will no longer air on Mondays and instead will air just on Saturdays from 8-9 p.m. ET. That’s right, IFL Battleground is going to be scaled back to just one airing for one hour a week.
I have no idea if this is a setback for the IFL. With the regular season over they won’t be running as many cards during the fall months so maybe they won’t have as much original programming and that’s why the decision was made? Perhaps they’ll go back to two hours once the ’08 season starts up.
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Update: There are a couple of angles to look at that haven’t really been presented thus far. First, Monday Night Football will be returning in a few short weeks. Considering the IFL and the NFL pool from similar demographics, going up against the NFL is a tough nut to crack. The IFL didn’t debut on MyNetworkTV until after the football season was over so this is uncharted territory for them. The second angle is that nine MyNetworkTV affiliates have purchased the rights to UFC Wired and some of the networks will be showing it at 7 p.m. ET each Saturday. So the IFL’s 8 p.m. showing each Saturday is going to have a nice lead-in. I wonder how happy Dana White is going to be knowing that he’s a lead-in for the IFL? Also, the World Grand Prixs will be held on Saturdays so that puts the IFL in a nice position to possibly go live with those shows.
Finally, a lot of people are labeling the time change a “demotion.” That might be the case but I don’t know if anyone can say that will all certainty. With not as many cards being held with the regular season having been concluded and the return of NFL football, this may simply be a strategic move with the possibility of returning to Monday nights for a two-hour show a possibility once the 2007 NFL season concludes.
Simply put, I don’t think this news is as bad as some are claiming.