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Showtime in for the long haul with Strikeforce and MMA

“I’m not sure what television network would ever just accept product from some supplier without understanding and agreeing to the quality they’re getting. I will tell you that just like any television network, whether it’s a scripted show, whether it’s a sport event -- nobody takes just what’s given to them. I do not shy away from the fact that I’m intimately involved in conversations with Strikeforce about what’s going to show up on Showtime … and anyone who thinks that’s wrong or improper doesn’t understand the television marketplace or the business. To suggest that we shouldn’t be involved in those conversations is so naïve, it’s laughable.... It’s extremely rare that we’re not on the same page. It is the rare exception.”

-- Showtime's Ken Hershman talks to Sherdog.com about the network's relationship with Strikeforce. It's also a veiled jab at UFC President Dana White, saying no network (Spike TV) would ever allow an outside person (White) to run the whole show and/or event carte blanche.

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