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PostSubject: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptySat May 21, 2011 6:04 pm

RING OF HONOR ANNOUNCES SALE TO SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

BRISTOL, PA. (MAY 21, 2011)–Ring of Honor Wrestling owner, Cary Silkin, announced today the sale of the promotion to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest television broadcasters in the country and which owns and operates, programs, or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 35 markets across the United States.

ROH, currently the third largest wrestling promotion in the country, just celebrated its ninth anniversary, and Mr. Silkin is excited about taking the next step towards increasing the company’s visibility and expanding its operations.

“We have been waiting for and working for this opportunity for quite some time”, he said, “and of our 9 years in business, there has been no better roster of wrestlers than this one to expose the ROH product to the masses. With Sinclair’s resources and many avenues of distribution, we believe many new fans around the world will be as captivated as those who have followed Ring of Honor over the years.”

The month of September will see the debut of the new Ring of Honor television program which will be syndicated across the Sinclair network of stations, and with it, ROH will become the only wrestling promotion in the United States with a major, multi-market presence on broadcast TV. But if you don’t live in a market with a Sinclair station, fear not, says Mr. Silkin. “Through our revamped website we will be able to make the TV show available to anyone in the world with internet access.”

Sinclair officials are enthused about the project as well.

“We are very excited about this acquisition,” commented Steve Marks, COO of Sinclair’s Television Group. “Television and professional wrestling have a long history of successful partnerships and driving viewership. Unfortunately, the broadcast networks have not protected that relationship, allowing professional wrestling to migrate to cable network distribution. We believe that the powerful promotional platform that our TV stations provide, coupled with our 22% share of the U.S. TV households, will allow ROH to achieve name brand recognition and grow its share of the wrestling market. When you consider the makeup of our station mix and the number of CW, MYTV and FOX affiliates we operate, this is a perfect fit for our viewer demographics.” Mr. Marks also noted, “Longer-term, we can envision syndicating ROH wrestling to broadcasters in markets where Sinclair does not have a presence, and even internationally.”

Mr. Silkin assures the ROH fans worldwide that they will be seeing the same exciting, hard-hitting style of pro wrestling that they have become accustomed to. “We have established the name Ring of Honor as synonymous with the best in-ring action in the sport. The only thing that will change is that it will now be easier for fans around the world to follow. Our visibility will increase greatly–our production will be upgraded–but the work ethic of our incredible talent roster and our athletic style of wrestling will remain the same. This is what our fans have told us they want, and we will continue to give it to them.”

The current front office staff, including Cary Silkin, Syd Eick, and Ross Abrams, will remain with ROH going forward. Hunter Johnston, a favorite of ROH fans for years as the masked grappler Delirious, will still handle matchmaking, Jim Cornette will remain as executive producer, and other familiar faces like ring announcer Bobby Cruise and senior referee Todd Sinclair will be in place.”

Additionally, longtime wrestling broadcaster Kevin Kelly, already the voice of ROH internet pay-per-views, will assume the TV play-by-play chair this fall. Veteran NWA and WCW promoter Gary Juster will come aboard to be in charge of live event operations, which are planned to continue in current ROH markets as well as expanding into new locations concurrent with the increased TV exposure.

Mr. Cornette, who along with Mr. Johnston, will be in charge of talent and matchmaking, sees this as a new beginning for pro wrestling. “This is not old-school wrestling, and it’s not sports entertainment,” said Mr. Cornette. “This is wrestling for the 21st century, a new style developed by fresh, young stars that incorporates wrestling, mixed martial arts and high-flying, high-risk action with unique personalities, and it’s showcased by a sports-based presentation completely different from any other product out there. In my 30 years in the sport, it’s the most exciting live-event wrestling experience I’ve seen, and I’m thrilled to help bring it to broadcast TV.”

A major press conference, open to wrestling press and mainstream media alike, is being planned for Baltimore on Friday, June 24th. This event will feature a number of the ROH staff and wrestlers both announcing news about ROH’s future and answering questions. The media event will be presided over by new ROH COO, Joe Koff. Mr. Koff, a longtime Sinclair executive with an extensive background in TV sales and management, also has experience in pro wrestling television production and syndication. Most visible of his projects may have been the first-ever live, prime time syndicated pro wrestling events, the Battle of the Belts, which aired from 1985 to 1987. These Championship Wrestling from Florida-based cards were broadcast live to a syndicated network of stations and may be best-remembered for the classic Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham NWA World Title contest from St. Petersburg.

The press event will kick off a weekend which includes ROH’s next internet pay-per-view event, “Best In The World 2011,” live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, June 26th at 4PM EST. In addition to all the top stars on the ROH roster, this event will feature the return of some favorite stars from Ring of Honor’s past, and can be ordered by anyone in the world with internet access through Gofightlive.tv for only $14.95. More information about Ring of Honor can be obtained through their website, www.rohwrestling.com.
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What is Sinclair Broadcasting Group?


Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which has purchased 100% ownership of Ring of Honor, has television stations in a number of markets, covering about 22% of the country. Not every Sinclair station will be carrying ROH so a full station lineup is not available.

The plan is to air shows, depending on the market, on Saturday nights from 9-10 p.m. or 10-11 p.m. They will be tapings in a similar fashion to what was done for HDNet, with one taping per month, but with improved production

The plan is for the first taping in August and television debuting in late September. The plan is to increase the number of house shows, targeting the new markets, but keeping the New York, Toronto, Chicago type of markets that the company has been most successful running.

Jim Cornette and Hunter "Delirious" Johnston will be in charge of the product itself, and the idea is to present a similar product to what the company now does.

Joe Koff of Sinclair will be the Chief Operating Officer. Gary Juster, who brokered the deal, a former promoter for Jim Crockett and later WCW, will be the Vice President of Operations and Cornette will be the Vice President in charge of creative and be the executive producer of the television show

Kevin Kelly will be the lead television announcer.

The rest of the business model, including taping every house show for DVD release, and building iPPV events off television, will remain in force.

The show is expected to air on the following stations:
WTTA Ch. 38 in Tampa

WUCW Ch. 23 in Minneapolis

WPMY Ch. 22 in Pittsburgh

WNUV Ch. 54 in Baltimore

either WLFL or WRDC in Raleigh

Either WUXP or WNAB in Nashville

WSTR Ch.64 in Cincinnati

Either WCGV or WVTV in Milwaukee

WMYA Ch. 40 in Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg

KMYS Ch. 35 in San Antonio

Either WTTO, WABM or WDBB in Birmingham

WTVZ Ch. 33 in Norfolk

Either KVMY or KVCW in Las Vegas

KOCB Ch. 34 in Oklahoma City

WMYV Ch. 48 in Greensboro

WNYO Ch. 49 in Buffalo

WFGX Ch. 35 in Mobile

WDKA Ch. 49 in Cape Girardeau

WNYS Ch. 43 in Syracuse, NY

WMMP Ch. 36 in Charleston, SC

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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptySun May 22, 2011 8:02 pm

I am not enthusiastic about this

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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptySun May 22, 2011 9:03 pm

Shit If I was living in the South I'd see the show but I guess not now.
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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptyMon May 23, 2011 1:12 am

I am very excited that ROH will be available in my area, more wrestling on TV gets me giddy.
However, one can't help but wonder what exactly will become of the product. Seems like a good deal on paper, but I can't help but think about ECW when I hear of this deal.
But I will remain optimistic and look forward to seeing ROH.
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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptyMon May 23, 2011 2:00 am

It'll be online as well so I don't see why people not listed are freaking out.
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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptyMon May 23, 2011 12:07 pm

EMOrtal wrote:
It'll be online as well so I don't see why people not listed are freaking out.
Some folks aren't nuts about watching things online. I'm not fond of it and when ROH signed with HDNet, which I don't get, I was a little miffed.
But fuck, getting it online is better than not getting it at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptyTue May 24, 2011 2:22 am

So this is it, huh? Sink or swim times finally arrived.. To quote HST; buy the, take the ride
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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptyThu May 26, 2011 8:49 pm

From eWrestlingNews.com:

Eric Bischoff was on Monday Night Mayhem on May 23rd and had this to say about Sinclair Broadcasting Group's acquisition of Ring of Honor:

Ring of Honor's sale to Sinclair Broadcasting? Bischoff said he will get a lot of heat for saying this, and he has nothing against Ring of Honor and wishes them the best as it is nice for talent to have different places to work. That being said, he says people are kidding themselves. He said Sinclair is like 20 television stations with 22% market penetration in the United States. 22% means you don't exist from an advertiser's point of view. It means Nielsen doesn't track you as a network. From a pay-per-view standpoint, it won't register on the Richter scale and that is assuming they get clearing in 20 television stations. He says it's good that RoH has something. He said people are getting excited for a lot of nothing. The syndicated television market is not what it was 15-20 years ago. People back then used to migrate to Vegas for an executive convention and tens of millions of dollars were spent by syndicators/producers, with bands from around the world brought in. Now, it takes part in a lobby in a hotel in Vegas. He says while syndication is not dead, it's just not what it was 15-20 years ago.

Kinda sounds like his attitude toward ECW. At least ROH is getting something and that's better than nothing.
Bischoff does have a point though, syndicated television is not the promise land and this will not turn the company around and shoot them up the success ladder, but it can help.
Funny how he doesn't mention that the show will also be featured on their website which will have worldwide exposure. Seems to me that Mr. Bicshoff gets a little perturbed when another company has some success.
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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptyFri May 27, 2011 2:06 am

I can't say I'm too keen on the idea of broadcast company execs having final say over everything in the promotion .. but at least they are keeping Cornette and Delirious on the booking side of things. For the time being. Lot of things can happen come September so.. I will remain mildly optimistic for now.

By the way, who the fuck cares what Bischoff has to say about anything ? Besides WCW apologists and ex-ECW loyalists anyway ? Honestly. Even if this new ownership thing goes up in smoke, they will still outlast iMPACT Nu-Thunder Blue Wrestling.
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PostSubject: Re: Ring of Honor Sold    Ring of Honor Sold  EmptyFri May 27, 2011 6:42 am

Do or Die time! Sadly, I have a bad feeling about this.
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