Mario Sperry

IFL Names Sperry Coach; Close to Live TV Deal

The IFL named PRIDE veteran Mario Sperry their newest head coach last night at the weigh-ins for tonight’s IFL Championship.

Sperry has racked up a professional record of 12-4 over a 12 year period, including wins over Igor Vovchanchyn, Vernon White, and most recently a submission win over Lee Hasdell this past July at Cage Rage 22.

Sperry is confident that he will be a good addition for the IFL:

“I have great plans for next year,” Sperry said. “I’m sure we’ll bring a great team and help put the IFL in a better position.”

The IFL stated that it will not bring in an expansion franchise for Sperry and rather be relocating one of it’s current squads to either Las Vegas or Florida.

When it comes to a possible live television deal, IFL President Kurt Otto has stated that he is close to finishing a deal that will go into effect next year according to FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez:

IFL commissioner and co-founder Kurt Otto told FOXSports.com that his group is close to finalizing a television deal for live telecasts in 2008. Weekly IFL shows currently airing on FSN and MyNetwork are taped, which Otto believes has adversely affected the promotion’s television ratings.

FOXSports.com also has learned the IFL will add former Showtime boxing senior vice president and executive producer Jay Larkin to a front-office position. Larkin is expected to help with IFL expansion much like Marc Ratner did with the Ultimate Fighting Championship when hired away from his role as executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Will live events even be able to help the IFL at this point? I guess we will find out…