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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Show Partners (R) Signs SUN Sports & Entertainment To 9-Week 'GI Vs PRO' Mixed Martial Arts Series Of FSN Broadcast Events

Courtesy of Show Partners:

LAKE MARY, Fla., April 10 -- Show Partners (R) on Tuesday announced that it has entered into an Agreement with SUN Sports & Entertainment (R) for the Fox Sports Net telecast of its new mixed martial arts television series, "GI vs. Pro."

SUN's "Art of War" division will produce a series of nine MMA events that will air as one-hour specials Saturday nights at midnight on FSN, beginning July 19, 2008 and concluding on September 13, 2008.

GI vs. Pro will pit current and former MMA-trained armed services members against professional mixed martial arts fighters from around the country. All fights will be scheduled for three, 5-minute rounds inside a circular cage.

FSN announcer Jay Glazer and analyst Frank Trigg will be the commentary team for the telecasts.

"Our agreement with FSN is an important milestone for SUN as we continue to implement our growth strategy and develop relationships with international and domestic partners," said CEO CJ Comu. "By showcasing our world-class fighters through well produced, quality events on FSN, SUN's position as an emerging global MMA organization is only further enhanced."

In response to the announcement, Show Partners EVP, Larry Rogers stated, "We are pleased to have been selected by SUN for the production of GI Vs. Pro." He added, "As the format and concept for the show productions involves combat-ready members of the US military stars against proven MMA fighters, we are excited to participate in this production, with both FSN and SUN. This will be an exiting series of events."

With a 23-year history as veterans of live event and television productions, Show Partners staff have earned 15 National Emmy (R) Awards, providing global support for networks and production companies worldwide.


SUN is a Professional Sports & Entertainment Production Company. SUN is a Certified and Licensed Combat Sports Promoter and produces World Class Mixed Martial Arts Events. The properties of SUN (http://www.SUNorganization.com), Art of War LIVE (http://www.artofwarLIVE.com) International Fighters Association (http://www.IFApro.com), USA Men's National Team (http://www.teamUSAmma.com), UNDERGROUND Cage Fighting (http://www.undergroundcagefighting.com), and Steele Cage (http://www.steelecage.com) and International Fighting Organization are wholly owned subsidiaries.


FSN is the nation's leading provider of local sports. FSN's 16 owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 70 million homes across the U.S. FSN serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States. FSN also produces close to 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 1400 in high definition. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national sports events and programs, including Pac-10 and ACC basketball and Pac-10 and Big 12 football.


Show Partners is a professional services company that offers national broadcast, cable and corporate clients an effective, single-source provider of high-value production, operations and engineering solutions. Founded in 1985, Show Partners is highly regarded by clients such as FOX, CBS Sports, NBC, Universal and SPEED for our ability to design, execute and manage complex shows, many with unique and challenging constraints. Show Partners (R) is a registered trademark of Gold Star Communications, Inc., other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.