GLORY will no longer be airing on Spike. The relationship between the two sides seemed like a great idea at the beginning but has been a rather toxic relationship for a very long time now, with the first real signs of tension pointing back to the decision to run GLORY Last Man Standing on PPV last June. We've known that the relationship was fated to end in October of this year since the beginning of this year, but early this summer it became clear that GLORY would no longer be airing on Spike TV after a certain date.
We've been about as subtle as a sledgehammer when it comes to this. If you are a longtime reader of LiverKick, you've known that this was coming, just like you've known that GLORY 25 was never advertised for Spike TV and that there was never a time slot for it. Luke Thomas got the final word from Spike TV, breaking their silence on the matter after months of the relationship heading nowhere. GLORY CEO Jon J. Franklin confirmed this news in a backhanded way back in September, and in said article we went as far as to say that GLORY would be landing somewhere else.
Basically, if you've been following kickboxing you knew this was coming. If you haven't, well, I can't say that I blame you but there are ways that you can support the sport. If you do genuinely love kickboxing and are alarmed by this news that should be a sign that you can always be doing more to support the sport. GLORY's tenure on Spike ended with a whimper -- as I stated after GLORY 24 -- because viewership had dropped off so steeply. Setting a DVR isn't difficult, nor, in this age of hyper-aggregation and news reading is it hard to follow the sport when sites like this one exist, posting news daily and, like I said before, being as subtle as a sledgehammer on certain news topics.
As for where GLORY will land, that much isn't 100% just yet. GLORY was at the SportTel Conference in Monaco earlier this month and there have been talks with other networks. The worst case scenario for right now seems to be back to the online PPVs for live and CBS Sports on tape delay. Further proof from that can be posited by checking CBS Sports Network's current schedule that has GLORY Milan (misstated as 32, mind you) set for 12am Eastern time on November 8th. This could, in theory, be the SuperFight Series as they have been airing of late, but the description reads instead like the full event.
As always, we'll keep you updated with more.