prosa
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Why So Little Boxing Or MMA On Free TV?

Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:29 am

As a fan of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA), it annoys me no end that finding any fights on free television is getting next to impossible. The only real exception is the Friday Night Fights show on ESPN2, featuring mainly non-champsionship fights. It's often pre-empted for something else. ESPN2 also will on rare occasions take a break from its usual fare of poker tournaments (query: since when did a card game become a sport?) to show K-1 bouts. And the loathesome Spike TV network will occasionally show past UFC matches, but they're so littered with commercials as to be almost unwatchable.
As for the rest, it's basically pay TV or nothing. HBO and Showtime have pretty much locked up boxing, and sometimes charge additional amounts for really major fights. UFC and Pride Fighting fare even worse, being cast into the pay-per-view ghetto.
With so many major sports being available on free television, why is boxing and MMA treated differently?
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RE: Why So Little Boxing Or MMA On Free TV?

Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:43 am

Boxing is a sport that is run by (perhaps more than any other) money and a handful of promoters. Add in the fact that the Heavyweight Division (Boxings showcase) is a disaster and has been for almost 2 decades. No dominante fighters. No engaging personalities. No rivalrys to draw in "sometimes" fans. There are still some great boxers and some great boxing in the lower weight classes, and a true boxing fan knows this. However, boxing fans seem to be a dying bread. The heavyweight division cannot even bring in the casual fans like it used too. All this yet the money in boxing is as big as ever. Its because of this, that boxing is on PPV or pay channels to generate the extra revenue.
 
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RE: Why So Little Boxing Or MMA On Free TV?

Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:49 am

What about the "ultimate fighting" championships you see on Spike? They're free.
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RE: Why So Little Boxing Or MMA On Free TV?

Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:38 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2):
What about the "ultimate fighting" championships you see on Spike? They're free.

Spike shows UFC fights that are usually several months old and have long since aired on pay-per-view.
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RE: Why So Little Boxing Or MMA On Free TV?

Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:43 am

There's no money in it on regular cable. They make more money off of PPV and pay cable stations (HBO, Showtime). I wouldn't be surprised if OLN (soon to be renamed Versus) adds boxing or MMA to their programming in the near future.
 
prosa
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RE: Why So Little Boxing Or MMA On Free TV?

Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:19 pm

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 4):
I wouldn't be surprised if OLN (soon to be renamed Versus) adds boxing or MMA to their programming in the near future.

Could be. OLN already has the NHL, so they're moving away from strictly outdoors stuff.
There a cable network in Canada called The Fight Network that shows all sorts of combat sports, but unfortunately it's not available in the United States.
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RE: Why So Little Boxing Or MMA On Free TV?

Sat Jun 10, 2006 4:09 pm

Pay Per View is what makes these people money. As it is, they can't draw the kind of gates that are going to support the fights themselves unless it is the very biggest of fights, and even then they may struggle unless it is a marque boxing match. Even a proven arena and free TV draw like Pro Wrestling has to rely on PPV at least once a month (sometimes more) in order to pay the bills. When you add into this that marque boxing matches are fewer and farther between and that MMA can only really draw a big arena crowd a couple times a year at the most (selling 4000 at the GOA is WAY different from 18,000 at Staples), they need to get the most they can out of PPV.
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