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Pay-per-view (PPV) is a type of pay television or webcast service that enables a viewer to pay to watch individual events via private telecast.

Events can be purchased through a multichannel television platform using their electronic program guide, an automated telephone system, or through a live customer service representative. There has been an increasing number of pay-per-views distributed via streaming video online, either alongside or in lieu of carriage through television providers. In 2012, the popular video sharing platform YouTube began to allow partners to host live PPV events on the platform.[1]

Events distributed through PPV typically include boxing, mixed martial arts, professional wrestling, and concerts. In the past, PPV was often used to distribute telecasts of feature films, as well as adult content such as pornographic films, but the growth of digital cable and streaming media caused these uses to be subsumed by video on demand systems (which allow viewers to purchase and view pre-recorded content at any time) instead, leaving PPV to focus primarily on live event programs and combat sports. (Wikipedia)



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Pay-per-view: The battle between boxing and UFC - June 2018


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On Saturday the two premier combat sports on the planet – boxing and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – go head-to-head via two world championship pay-per-view (PPV) bouts featuring rising Australian superstars, Jeff Horn and Robert Whittaker.

The undefeated Horn, 30, is the former schoolteacher who shocked the world – and 50,000 people packed into Suncorp Stadium – in 2017 when he defeated boxing legend and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the "Battle for Brisbane".

Next weekend he defends his WBO title in Las Vegas against former unified lightweight world champion Terence Crawford, who is unbeaten in 32 fights and ranks in the top three pound-for-pound boxers globally. Betting markets pitch Horn as a rank underdog, with a scant 11.8 per cent chance of winning.

On the same evening in Chicago the UFC's middleweight world champion, Whittaker, puts his title on the line in the 70-square-metre "Octagon" against explosive Cuban contender Yoel Romero. In July 2017 Whittaker unexpectedly captured Australia's inaugural UFC belt when he prevailed in a close decision over Romero, who was a silver medallist at the Sydney Olympics in freestyle wrestling. A rematch was booked after Romero knocked out the other top middleweight contender at the UFC 221 event in Perth in February 2018. This time bookies have made Whittaker the slight (60 per cent) favourite.

Beyond the punches, the trash talk and the title belts, the big fight night shapes as an important – if somewhat unintended – test of the primacy of these sports. With local heroes in each, which fighting "code" will inspire the most Australians to pay $49.95 to view the Horn fight or $54.95 to see the UFC? The winner of that battle will be sitting pretty.

Whereas boxing is bifurcated by numerous conflicting federations (the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO and WBO to name but a few), the UFC is unusual in sporting terms insofar as one company owns its entire league. Other global exceptions along these lines include the multibillion-dollar Formula 1 and MotoGP franchises that run the premier auto and motorbike racing competitions.

In soccer, baseball, NFL, basketball, rugby and cricket, teams are individually owned and the contest governed by associations that may or may not be controlled by their sport's participants. The UFC's ownership of the world's richest mixed-martial arts (MMA) league allows it to compel the very best athletes to go toe-to-toe with one another (or else get kicked off the roster). This brutal meritocracy contrasts with boxing where leading fighters regularly accumulate long win streaks by avoiding one another for years, much to the frustration of fans.

Huge success

In August 2017 the two domains temporarily combined in the world's most lucrative PPV contest when Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor fought the best pound-for-pound boxer of all-time, Floyd Mayweather. The event was held under boxing rules in what was McGregor's first professional bout. While Mayweather eventually triumphed in the 10th round, experts gave McGregor the opening five rounds.

The fight itself was a staggering commercial success, generating a record 6.7 million PPV buys. Coupled with the gate, this produced more than $US655 million ($856 million) in revenue. Mayweather, 41, took home $US300 million while 29-year-old McGregor walked away with $US100 million.

In an exclusive interview with AFR Weekend, the UFC's long-time president, Dana White, reveals that Mayweather will likely enter the UFC's Octagon in a rematch against McGregor. Asked about this extraordinary possibility, White says, "I think it is probably going to happen".

This sporting rivalry will explode again on Saturday when Horn and Whittaker's world championship PPV contests collide. According to both sides this embarrassing scheduling conflict was never meant to happen. And everyone blames Horn's legendary promoter and Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, who has had a notoriously toxic relationship with the UFC.

"It's frustrating," Horn tells AFR Weekend. "We will definitely lose [financially] as a result," he says, pointing to Top Rank. His trainer and manager, Jeff Rushton, who also runs $40 million in global funds at Rushton Financial Services, confirms the "annoying" clash "will cost Jeff", suggesting the "promoters should have organised a better date".

"We tried to change the date, but Top Rank said 'no way' and we now accept we will lose some monetary value."

In arguably one of the top non-tech trades of this century, White and his two billionaire buddies, casino magnates Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, bought the UFC in 2001 for $US2 million and flipped it 15 years later for $US3.8 billion (they retain small minority interests).

Bitter rivals

The UFC's president does not pull his punches when asked why PPV buyers must choose between two Aussie world championships on the same night. "Bob Arum has dementia and probably didn't even know that we were staging a huge UFC event featuring several high-profile Australians on that date," White claims.

"Arum is one of the guys who helped kill boxing," he continues. "He's talked shit about me and the Fertitta brothers for years: how much money we were making; how this sport would never work; and after decades of our success he's now trying to copy every f---ing thing we do."

Boxing promoters are indeed trying to emulate the UFC's event management approach that sells an entertainment experience 41 times a year in cities around the world rather than two specific athletes. Whereas a UFC card normally has 15 fights, including multiple headlining acts, boxing tends to focus on promoting a single bout, like Golovkin versus Canelo or Joshua versus Klitschko. If either athlete drops out, the event is cancelled. While it's also common for UFC cards to lose their main event in the days prior due to injury, the show always marches on, thanks to the UFC's deep roster of more than 600 contracted athletes.

In what could be a disruptive shake-up for the industry, White says the UFC's parent entity, Zuffa LLC, plans on taking on boxing's incumbents with a new league that it will own and control. "We will not work with the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, and WBO organisations," he says.

"The interest is definitely there – all the fighters have reached out, other promoters have contacted us and everybody's keen," White says. "The question is how I make it work with bandwidth maxed out right now running the UFC's business."

At Whittaker's UFC 225 title defence on Saturday there are two other Australians on the main card: undefeated Indigenous heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, who fights ex-UFC champ Andrei Arlovski; and Megan Anderson, a world champion at the female promotion, Invicta, who will take on another former UFC champ in Holly Holm.

'Rough and tough'

Asked what explains the wave of Australian fighters ascending the UFC's ranks, White offers a primal response: "I've said this for a very long time ever since we went to Australia – that it is a really rough and tough land that breeds equally tough people."

"Most things that live on this planet that can kill you are found in Australia – from great white sharks to snakes, spiders, jellyfish and crocodiles," White says. "Aussies love the fight culture – whether it is becoming a fighter or being a fan – and it has quickly become our third biggest PPV market."

Another explanation is that Australian fighters, who are normally powerful strikers, often have backgrounds in rugby where the main game is avoiding being taken to the ground. Whittaker, Mark Hunt, Tuivasa, and Alexander Volkanovski were all professional or semi-pro rugby players.

"The fact I spent years playing footy trying to stay on my feet helps a lot and creates a good athletic base to defend takedowns for guys like us who don't have the same grappling experience as opponents from the US, South America and Europe," Tuivasa says.

The barrel-chested Tuivasa, known as "Bam Bam", has won all seven of his professional fights via dramatic first-round knockouts. The 25-year-old was born in Sydney to an Indigenous mother and a Samoan father, and is proud of this heritage, carrying an Aboriginal flag into the Octagon with him.

Signed to play for the Sydney Roosters at age 17, Tuivasa found "living away from family and friends hard" and "started gambling more than I should have". He left rugby league to return home and pursue a full-time MMA career, and is now married to the sister of another Aussie UFC prospect, Tyson Pedro.

The biggest casualty of this weekend's clash between the boxing and UFC tribes will inevitably be their diluted PPV revenues. Horn's trainer, Rushton, who was ironically a five-times national MMA champion, hopes most pubs will screen both events simultaneously.

One need not, however, lose sleep over the fighters' financials. Horn will earn $2.5 million for stepping into the ring against Crawford, making him one of Australia's best-paid athletes. The relatively unknown Whittaker took home $573,000 in his first UFC title challenge in 2017. That number will multiply given he has now negotiated a cut of the lucrative PPV pie in addition to significantly higher base money.

In the long run it is conceivable that we see these sports combine into a single league if Zuffa achieves its goal of taking over boxing, which could have a limited half-life as a distinct discipline.




Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua Fight Odds Released - March 2021


Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua fight odds have been set on news that the fighters have agreed to a two-bout deal in order to unify the heavyweight titles.

BetOnline has released odds for the first of the two bouts.

Tyson Fury-190

Anthony Joshua +165

(Odds project a 65.5% implied probability for Fury)

"We'd like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month," said Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport, Joshua's promoter. "The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper. But this was a major effort from all parties to get this over the line. You had rival promoters, rival networks and rival fighters."

With the terms of the deal now set, it is now time to start looking into prospective sites.

A Top Rank source said: "It's pending, finding a site and a date that's acceptable to both (fighters' camps). We have 30 days from the signing, or the deal could go away."

"I actually feel we've done the hard part," Hearn said. "Speaking for myself, Anthony and his team at 258 management [258 MGT], I know how hard we've worked these last couple of months and I just feel that this fight is so big it's not a difficult sell. We've already had approaches from eight or nine sites. The offers have come from multiple countries in the Middle East, from Asia, Eastern Europe and America."

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