Please take a moment and consider the following mission statement of Destination “America”:
Destination America is the only network that celebrates the people, places, and stories of the United States. Available in nearly 60 million homes in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD), the network is emblazoned with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation.Click to read more
Also, wrestling traditionally from broadcast history dating back to the 1950’s has been a great staple for television. Even when WCW shut down, NITRO was drawing a 2.3 cable rating (but, the enormous over spending did not justify the means).
So, “right off the bat” it was common knowledge that Dixie Carter wasn’t present for the first Impact on TNA’s “new home”, with short notice, to attend some hokey reality tv awards (which is her genuine passion, proven by this action alone.) Which you can be assured didnt bode well with her new partners!
Dixie was able to take for granted her relationship with SPIKE for more years then she should have due to a more lax and less binding agreement with the via com affiliate (and not because of stupidity on the networks part but, due to how new and foreign the relationship was to both sides).
Hence, even though DA probably arent wrestling enthusiasts, Im sure more research was done and Discovery legal made sure they took the hearsay and “dotted the lower case J’s and crossed their T’s” in the event the relationship was doomed.
I promise you that no one in the TNA admin read their agreement very well nor understood possible ramifications and terms were violated or DA became un happy.
It was also public knowledge DA was dis pleased about any over seas taping (which is their right as they were paying for content they believed would be a match for their network) and if you could think for a moment on the contrast between Destination America’s “image” and even what was originally a “play on words” “T N A” = tits and ass. (This is truth as at one point Russos’s brainchild gimmick name Sports Entertainment Xtreme, SEX was almost the name of the company!!!) This was no “match made in heaven” and if you can take emotion out of the situation, this does make perfect sense.