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HBO Sports Issues Statement on Decision To Drop Boxing

Statement From HBO Sports Regarding Decision To Leave Boxing

“Our mission at HBO Sports is to elevate the brand. We look for television projects that are high-profile, high-access, and highly ambitious in the stories they seek to tell and the quality of production in telling them.

Boxing has been part of our heritage for decades. During that time, the sport has undergone a transformation.  It is now widely available on a host of networks and streaming services.  There is more boxing than ever being televised and distributed.  In some cases, this programming is very good.  But from an entertainment point of view, it's not unique.

Going forward in 2019, we will be pivoting away from programming live boxing on HBO.  As always, we will remain open to looking at events that fit our programming mix.  This could include boxing, just not for the foreseeable future.

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We're deeply indebted to the many courageous fighters whose careers we were privileged to cover.

There have been hundreds of dedicated and remarkably creative men and women who have delivered the best in television production for HBO’s coverage of boxing and we are so grateful for their contributions.  It has been a wonderful journey chronicling the careers and backstories of so many spectacularly talented prizefighters.

We are a storytelling platform. The future will see unscripted series, long-form documentary films, reality programming, sports journalism, event specials and more unique standout content from HBO Sports.

We are constantly evaluating our programming to determine what resonates with our subscribers.  Our audience research clearly shows the type of programming our subscribers embrace. For HBO Sports, it's programming that viewers can’t find elsewhere.

In keeping with this mission, we’ve accelerated our commitment to storytelling.  This has produced landmark shows like “Andre the Giant,” which is the most viewed sports documentary ever on HBO; the acclaimed NFL reality franchise “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns,” which delivered double-digit viewership gains from a year ago; “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” the gold standard in sports journalism on television; the powerful docu-series “Being Serena” that chronicled the comeback of tennis icon Serena Williams; and the acclaimed unfiltered talk series “The Shop” featuring LeBron James.

This fall, HBO Sports will present an edition of “24/7” highlighting the upcoming Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match play plus engaging documentary films like “Student Athlete” and “Momentum Generation” brought to us by accomplished filmmakers. In 2019, we will have the innovative multi-part documentary presentation “What’s My Name|Muhammad Ali” from director Antoine Fuqua in conjunction with executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment.

Other new ventures will be announced in the weeks ahead as HBO Sports continues to explore new frontiers in sports programming.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 09-28-2018

Times change. No nostalgia for HBO here!

Comment by mathed on 09-28-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing lives;19146038]Blame biased guys like Max Kellerman, who know nothing about boxing and act like experts. This dweeb is in the boxing hall of fame? What a joke. He sucks. Killed HBO. Oh well. Also Peter Nelson was an incompetent…

Comment by mathed on 09-28-2018

Sucks to lose boxing because that and GOT are the only reasons I even have the channel on Sling. Once GOT ends, I'm gone because they don't have anything else.

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 09-28-2018

[QUOTE=kushking;19145806]Hbo wants to drop boxing, well boxing fans need to send a message back that we won't pay subscription fees for their shītty hōmōerotic programming. This is a sad day for the sport even if they had terrible boxing broadcasts…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 09-28-2018

[QUOTE=!! Shawn;19144990]Its just incredibly strange that we have people who are fans of networks and promoters and managers, instead of fights, fighters, and boxing. HBO is the most storied brand in boxing. They had great production value. They have been…

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