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Bill King

Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Contenders: The weight game

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 13 / 17

T alk boxing with anyone in the sports business who has looked beyond the glare of a few record-setting pay-per-views and you will hear one word that they find particularly troubling: fragmented. Promoters and fighters typically align with networks, which can make it difficult to put together m...

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