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HDNet, the digital cable channel owned by billionaire Mark Cuban and Fight Entertainment Group, the parent company of DREAM, have struck a deal that will allow the Japanese organization’s event to be televised in North America.
The channel announced the news on last night’s episode of “Inside MMA”.
Tuesday’s DREAM 2 event, which features the first round of the promotion’s inaugural middleweight grand prix, will be broadcast on HDNet via tape delay on May 3rd. A re-airing of the first-ever DREAM show will be shown one day earlier. Both programs will begin at 10:30 PM ET.
DREAM live events have reportedly been dropped from the Tokyo Broadcasting System’s lineup due to lackluster ratings. The organization’s inaugural event only drew an 8.9 percent rating average in primetime, which is considered dismal by Japanese standards.
The network will air DREAM’s April 29th event on tape delay one week after the event takes place. It will be the last event the network airs. SkyPerfecTV pay-per-view will then assume duties of airing DREAM events for the future.
HDNet is expected to continue to televise DREAM events through September.