Atlas Responds To End of FNF, Start of Haymon Series on ESPN

Teddy-Atlas

He is beloved by many fight fans for his candid discharges of opinion, for his combustability, his most righteous combustability, when the judges go off the rails, as they so sadly and periodically do, on ESPN's “Friday Night Fights Series.”

So when the rumor mill was churning out noise that ESPN was going to dump the 17-year-old FNF, and replace it with fare put together by Al Haymon, as part of his Premier Boxing Champions series, Teddy fans worried that their guy was going to hit the bricks.

Have no fear, friends, the passionate rooter for straight shooting in this sometimes crooked game, Atlas, will stay aboard ESPN's boxing platform, along with long-time partner, blow by blow man Joe Tessitore. I checked in with Atlas, and asked for his reaction to the news, that FNF will cease May 22, and that PBC on ESPN and ABC will kick off July 11.

“I've known awhile, so I had time to digest the idea,” the Staten Island resident, who was a disciple of the crusty tutor to Mike Tyson, Cus D'Amato, told me. “It's the direction, the new era of boxing, and part of the impact Al Haymon is having on the business. It's a monumental, historic step, and I think it's an exciting time for the sport and for the fans.”

Atlas noted that this deal means better bouts will be on primetime, on ESPN, not relegated to ESPN2, and on ABC; this is basically a return, the deal-makers hope, to the past, when that occurred on the networks. “This deal has you calling me and a lot of other guys and that's positive, it means boxing is relevant again, and people are talking about it in the mainstream,” continued the sometimes trainer, who runs a successful charitable organization which honors his father, a physician.

I shared with Atlas that I simply like to see the best fighting the best, coin-flip fights, on every and all platforms, supplied by any and all providers. As long as that happens, all in all, I'm basically happy, though I'm cognizant of the game-changing nature of the time buy model used by Haymon, who has a war chest incomparable. (Thought maybe Jay Z is in the same ballpark…)

“We have to see what the future holds, like with anything,” he said, in agreement with my stated desire for even matches. “Will it pass the test of time? My initial reaction is that it's a hopeful, positive, exciting time. If we have evenly matched fights, which is what is being projected and promised, if that truly turns out to be the case, then it will pass the test of time.”

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-Radam G :

Nice info and copy. Thanks! We Teddynites could not do without taking-no-jive Teddy Atlas. Holla!


-Radam G :

Nice info and copy. Thanks! We Teddynites could not do without taking-no-jive Teddy Atlas. Holla!


-Pazuzu :

Any deal that results in more Teddy Atlas is a good deal. Atlas and Tessitore are one of the best teams in the business - bringing them to a wider audience is going to be great for the sport.


-the Roast :

poo


-the Roast :

I'm fine with FNF being over. They shot Old Yeller didn't they? Sometimes you just have to end things. The matchups have been brutal this year and many other years. If the fights are going to be crap I don't need to see a crap show every week. I'm fine with good matchups every three weeks or once a month. Spend the budget money on quality over quantity. I wouldn't care if the gave big ego Teddy the boot. I'm surprised his giant head can fit through the arena door every week. His rants are tired and the same every time. Give me good fights and it won't matter who calls them.


-stormcentre :

I'm fine with FNF being over. They shot Old Yeller didn't they? Sometimes you just have to end things. The matchups have been brutal this year and many other years. If the fights are going to be crap I don't need to see a crap show every week. I'm fine with good matchups every three weeks or once a month. Spend the budget money on quality over quantity.
I wouldn't care if the gave big ego Teddy the boot. I'm surprised his giant head can fit through the arena door every week. His rants are tired and the same every time. Give me good fights and it won't matter who calls them.
I am inclined to agree with you. The recipe has repeated itself over and over a few times now. Some fresh faces with not such egotistical baggage would be refreshing and nice. Teddy could be brought in for some "colour" or "technical" (I'm a bit worried about that term being used with Teddy, but will leave it for now; as I'm in a hurry) commentary. I don't want to see Teddy axed, but someone needs to wrestle control from him and replace it with a mixture of Jim Lampley and perhaps . . . oh I can't think of him now . . . he was with HBO I think . . damn . . gotta run. Good to see you still posting Roast . . you seemed to have gone for a while.


-stormcentre :

I'm fine with FNF being over. They shot Old Yeller didn't they? Sometimes you just have to end things. The matchups have been brutal this year and many other years. If the fights are going to be crap I don't need to see a crap show every week. I'm fine with good matchups every three weeks or once a month. Spend the budget money on quality over quantity.
I wouldn't care if the gave big ego Teddy the boot. I'm surprised his giant head can fit through the arena door every week. His rants are tired and the same every time. Give me good fights and it won't matter who calls them.
I am inclined to agree with you. The recipe has repeated itself over and over a few times now. Some fresh faces with not such egotistical baggage would be refreshing and nice. Teddy could be brought in for some "colour" or "technical" (I'm a bit worried about that term being used with Teddy, but will leave it for now; as I'm in a hurry) commentary. I don't want to see Teddy axed, but someone needs to wrestle control from him and replace it with a mixture of Jim Lampley and perhaps . . . oh I can't think of him now . . . he was with HBO I think . . damn . . gotta run. Good to see you still posting Roast . . you seemed to have gone for a while.


-Kid Blast :

Be nice if Al fired Fat Dan


-Pazuzu :

Be nice if Al fired Fat Dan
It'll never happen. Dan's a useful mouthpiece for all the major promoters and managers.


-Kid Blast :

I am inclined to agree with you. The recipe has repeated itself over and over a few times now. Some fresh faces with not such egotistical baggage would be refreshing and nice. Teddy could be brought in for some "colour" or "technical" (I'm a bit worried about that term being used with Teddy, but will leave it for now; as I'm in a hurry) commentary. I don't want to see Teddy axed, but someone needs to wrestle control from him and replace it with a mixture of Jim Lampley and perhaps . . . oh I can't think of him now . . . he was with HBO I think . . damn . . gotta run. Good to see you still posting Roast . . you seemed to have gone for a while.

Add me to this list as well roast