SBD/Issue 36/Sports Media

Media Notes

De La Hoya-Mayweather Jr. Bout
Officially Sets PPV Buys, Revenue Records
The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s Eric Lyman reports several owners of Italian Serie A soccer clubs are in talks with Swiss-based Infront Sports & Media to “discuss creating an independent television network to broadcast games and other programming.” It is the first time the league has considered broadcasting its own games (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 10/31)....The May 5 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Oscar De La Hoya fight drew 2.4 million buys and $134.4M in PPV revenue, up from original estimates of 2.15 million buys and $120M in revenue. Both figures are PPV records, exceeding the 1.99 million buys for the ’97 Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson fight and the $106M in revenue generated by the ’02 Lennox Lewis-Tyson bout (MULTICHANNEL.com, 10/30)....Arena Media Networks, which programs content in 30 sports venues including Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium and TD Banknorth Garden, has inked a deal with NBC Universal. Fans waiting at high-volume areas can watch NBC content customized for the facility, including news, sports, trivia and weather updates running on about a ten minute loop (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 10/29)....Sources said that Spike TV’s three-year extension with UFC is worth “more than $100[M]” (MULTICHANNEL.com, 10/29)….Houston Chronicle sports editor Fred Faour has agreed to a buyout (BRAZOSPORTNEWS.com, 10/29).

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