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TOP RANK TO PRODUCE BOXING SERIES FOR DIRECTV
Published January 14, 1997
Top Rank, Inc. plans a monthly series of live boxing events on DirecTV beginning February 12, according to Carl DiOrio of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. It would mark the first time fights are "exclusively transmitted via a satellite TV service." The monthly boxing series, called DirecTV Ringside, "marks the first original programming effort for DirecTV," and it will offer the series to subscribers on a PPV basis. Top Rank will produce DirecTV Ringside and will "use some of its video library for related boxing specials and promotions." Top Rank President Bob Arum said the deal won't affect his current relationship with HBO. In a separate deal, DirecTV agreed to carry the next three fights of Oscar De La Hoya (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/14).