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  • Why Are People So Opposed to PPVs?

    So anytime a fight gets announced on PPV, instantly boxing fans come in and complain. But why? PPVs have been going on for decades and there is a reason why they have been taking place. I can see the argument of the prices being too expensive, but there are other ways to watch the fights if you cannot afford to pay for them or just don't want to pay for them. The PPV market will dictate which fighters stay on PPV and those that have to go back to network TV. Just a few days ago it came out that DAZN was possibly going to start putting on PPVs in the UK and fans started to completely flip out. Sure I get that it goes completely against what Hearn initially said but that man does a million interviews a day and often times makes a fool of himself. Nothing new there....However, it was a pipedream to not think eventually PPVs would be needed for DAZN. ESPN is putting on their first non-Fury PPV in a few years but do you think they did not want to put on PPVs during that time? No, they just did not have any fight they could put on PPV. Now they will put Crawford/Porter on PPV and if Lopez/Lomachenko II gets made next year, guess what? That's heading to PPV as well. And then we know PBC puts on one damn near every month. But you saw them put Charlo's on PPV and because the card did not do good numbers, they returned to SHO. Andy Ruiz did similar numbers and guess what? Unless he is fighting a big name, he's likely right back on FOX or SHO himself. Even Canelo with DAZN, they started allowing people to purchase it on PPV. You cannot sustain a good business just relying on subscribers when boxing is your main sport. PPVs have been prevalent in the past, present and will be in the future as well. If you don't like it, then just don't purchase it and wait to watch the fight the following week or find a stream.

  • #2
    Bull**** undercards?

    this what ufc has over boxing

    Ufc has you care about the undercards
    Butt stuff and buge like this.

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    • #3
      $80 is a big price tag to pay to watch something on a screen … when there are ways to watch it without paying and highlights will be all over social media moments after anything happens.
      billeau2, Beercules and Mike D like this.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GrandpaBernard View Post
        Bull**** undercards?

        this what ufc has over boxing

        Ufc has you care about the undercards
        That's a different argument, I'm just talking about PPVs in general. Like you have a choice not to purchase them and eventually the fighters that can't sell get off PPV.

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        • #5
          NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, and a slew of other sports do not put their competitions on PPV. Why does MMA, Boxing, and clown shows like WWE and Triller find the need to utilize PPV? There is no law requiring combat sports to be on PPV. Greed much?

          Combat sports are probably the most expensive sports to be a fan of.

          I didnt answer your four or so questions in your post, but it seems you believe PPV is just part of life.
          BigZ44 likes this.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KTFOKING View Post

            That's a different argument, I'm just talking about PPVs in general. Like you have a choice not to purchase them and eventually the fighters that can't sell get off PPV.
            You sure? It seems that more fights go to ppv because the only way to make any money is charge people to watch at home since tickets aren’t moving like they used to.

            The posters that hate ppv cite the following reasons why:

            hate haymon ,
            mad about the price point
            Crappy fights on the ppv card.
            have a “ cracked fire stick” so they don’t pay

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            • #7
              We don't want to have to pay for every semi-decent fight. And get only uncompetitive showcase fights on the undercard.

              Boxing-1013, and 2 others like this.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by patron View Post
                NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, and a slew of other sports do not put their competitions on PPV. Why does MMA, Boxing, and clown shows like WWE and Triller find the need to utilize PPV? There is no law requiring combat sports to be on PPV. Greed much?

                Combat sports are probably the most expensive sports to be a fan of.

                I didnt answer your four or so questions in your post, but it seems you believe PPV is just part of life.
                Sports like the NFL/NBA/etc have insane TV deals...In the billions. That is not the case in boxing.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ShoulderRoll View Post
                  We don't want to have to pay for every semi-decent fight. And get only uncompetitive showcase fights on the undercard.
                  You DON'T have to pay for them! And when you don't and the PPV tanks? Then that fighter will be moved away from PPV.

                  But PPVs did not just start now. At one point on HBO/SHO, there were PPVs literally every single month. Always been like that.

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                  • #10
                    How many fights are worthy of PPVs?

                    No one has a problem spending money when it will serve as an event. As in everyone wants to see it so fight parties and trips to the pub are arranged.

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