Last year we said airing Bellator on ESPN Deportes was like making Philly cheese steaks the official food of Morocco. It was like issuing Swiss army knives to the Cambodian military. It was like eating Chinese food in Montana. In 2009, in order to experience Bellator for every ounce of sheer rawesomeness that it was, you had to drop the extra $39.95 to order the Spanish package from your satellite provider. In 2010, Bellator signed a new television distribution deal with Fox Sports Net (and apparently NBC) to air Bellator live in some timezones, but up to a three-hour delay in others (What’s up California?).
Now according to Zach Arnold of FightOpinion.com, if you’re watching the American broadcast of Bellator then you’re viewing an ‘inferior product‘.
I’m watching the Telemundo HD version of Bellator’s Thursday night event from Chicago and the tightly-edited production on the Telemundo program made the show much more enjoyable to watch. Plus, you get to see the fighters do interviews in Spanish (including Toby Amada).
The commentatory by lead announcer “George X” is very good. The dual English/Spanish language translations and graphics work smoothly. There’s no time wasted on the Telemundo broadcast. You get a lot more unique features on the Telemundo show.
In contrast, the FSN/CSN events drag on television. The production doesn’t feel all that tight. It feels like a long two-hour broadcast. Plus, the FSN/CSN show is pre-empted in several markets weekly because it’s baseball and hockey season. No such problems with the Telemundo broadcast.
Thank God for 7th grade Spanish. Watching Bellator in espanol is a television experience that I’m willing to participate in. Sign me up Telemundo. Here’s a tip Canucks, just beat us already. Stop screwing with my Bellator viewing experience. [Source]