SBD/Issue 198/Sports Media

HBO On Pace To Top ’99 PPV Boxing Revenue Record Of $200M

HBO Lands $15.7M In PPV Revenue
For Mayweather-Judah Bout
Halfway through ’06, HBO PPV has generated $116M in PPV boxing revenue — “putting it well ahead of the pace needed to topple its record” of $200M in boxing revenue set in ’99 — and “could threaten the category’s $232[M] mark set in 1997,” according to R. Thomas Umstead of MULTICHANNEL NEWS. HBO PPV “expects to offer as many as seven more boxing events this year.” HBO has “delivered a steady, consistent stream of boxing revenues from five fights to cable and satellite distributors” this year, led by the $47M generated from the May 6 Oscar De La Hoya-Ricardo Mayorga event. The other fights and revenue generated: Bernard Hopkins-Antonio Tarver on June 10 ($16.5M); Floyd Mayweather-Zab Judah on April 8 ($15.7M); Shane Mosley-Fernando Vargas on February 25 ($20.5M); and Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales on January 21 ($15.7M) (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 7/10 issue).

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