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Bill King

Senior writer Bill King writes special projects and covers combat sports and educational programs.

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Popular overseas bouts shift model for HBO

03 / 31 / 14

He can picture it already, the spectacle of petulant super middleweight contender George Groves riding to the ring atop a London bus, a crowd of more than 60,000 stretched to the far reaches of iconic Wembley Stadium for what likely will be the U.K.’s most lucrative fight ever. London-based...

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04/22/13
Ready for a fight in NYC

Brooklyn-born welterweight Paulie Malignaggi scanned the rollicking Barclays Center crowd from his ringside seat and smiled, soaking in the thunderous chant of “B-Hop, B-Hop, B-Hop” that echoed through the building. “You never hear Bernard Hopkins cheered like this,” Malig ...

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04/15/13
The NBA's ticketing tactics

With the Miami Heat in Chicago to face the Bulls on a Thursday night in February, a fan who needed a ticket would have found only a smattering of seats available, all of them scattered singles, on the team website. A click away, on StubHub, tickets were moving briskly, albeit expensively, as they us ...

Tags: In-Depth, Leagues and Governing Bodies

04/08/13
Deal gives Golden Boy slot on FS1

The launch of Fox Sports 1 in August will mean a larger, more consistent platform for boxing promoter Golden Boy through June 2015, with an option for 2016. The two sides completed the deal last week. Specific financials were not revealed, but the package’s level of fights indicates rights ...

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04/01/13
Cashing in on PPV

When a fight promoter hatches a pay-per-view priced at $60, about $30 of that total goes to the cable and satellite companies that distribute the bout. On a $70 million night, such as the one that boxing promoter Top Rank had when about 1.15 million homes bought Manny Pacquiao’s fight against ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

04/01/13
Monumental makes a big bet on future

Mike Vogel was enjoying a postgame beer after a Washington Capitals home game when a colleague pulled a video camera from a bag and handed it across the table. “Just let your imagination run wild,” said the visitor, who worked with the Web developer that operated the Capitals websit ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

02/25/13
Showtime dips, moves to steal Floyd

When the head of Showtime Network’s sports division took his first run at the most-watched, highest-paid fighter in the world a year ago, he quickly realized that a nudge of the numbers wouldn’t be enough to land him. Barely a month into his new job, Stephen Espinoza presented Floyd M ...

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02/04/13
Champions: Ron Shapiro

A s he returned to the dinner table, a slice of homemade apple pie in hand, Ron Shapiro fielded the sort of question that marks the simple rhythm of a couple’s life. “Did you lock the chickens up?” his wife, Cathi, asked him. ...

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12/17/12
Busy times at Golden Boy

The first Golden Boy Promotions fight card that was televised nationally aired nine years ago on HBO Latino, emanating from the Olympic Auditorium, a historic venue that since has been converted into a Korean-American church. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer was flipping through a stack of old fig ...

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12/03/12
Pacquiao cracks pistachio lineup

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. The 15-second TV spot opens with boxer Manny Pacquiao rhythmically peppering a green speed bag to music. When he unleashes a hard left hand, the bag explodes, spraying hundreds of pistachio nuts into the air. “Manny Pacquiao d ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

11/26/12
HBO’s Hershman keeps his cool

Long before he landed the job as head of HBO Sports, Ken Hershman worked in the securities practice at a Wall Street law firm. Corporate finance didn’t excite him, but the firm was old and the sector was hot. It seemed a comfortable path. The first deal Hershman worked on involved a paper c ...

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