Tuesday, March 13, 2007

IFL owner comments on feedback on first show

By Five Ounces Of Pain

The IFL aired their first non-preview show on MyNetworkTV last night. There was some good, some bad, and a lot of ugly. The ugly revolved around a decision to build the crux of the show around Ryan Schultz being taken out on a stretcher. It was saved for last and promoted heavily through the entire two-hour telecast. During one of the promos they decided to add a fake 9-1-1 call as a voice over.

I'm not the only one who had issue with the direction of the show, as it got a lot of negative feedback on message forums. Co-owner and main promoter of the IFL, Greg Shamus, has heard the response and gave an exclusive comment to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer.

"We have seen the feedback from the fans and industry professionals and are addressing their concerns," said Shamus. "As you know, this is a work in progress that will evolve, but we felt that overall the show had a great production value and will expose the sport to a wide audience. We have already made some significant strides moving forward for our future episodes. We are going to present the incredible stories of our athletes each week and get to the fights...including many that have not aired anywhere."

They say the first step in solving a problem is acknowledging you have one in the first place.


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