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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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Ticketing gets political

“Suppose a fellow is very hard up. Say I have a ticket to sell. It is worth $20. I will sell it for $10. Should the government intervene on behalf of the individual and say, ‘You shall not discount it for more than 10 percent’?” — Sen. Stephen Elkins, member of the ...

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Battleground states

FLORIDA Current law: Scalping legal since 2006; allows ticket purchase limits. In June 2009, passed a law that requires sellers to refund tickets when buyers are denied admission or events are canceled. The law also bans the use of “robot” software, which surfs for and secures ticke ...

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The action’s on the floor

Minutes before Game 2 of the recent first-round playoff series between the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center, a late-arriving fan nudged his way into seat No. 36, so close to TNT’s Reggie Miller that he could sneak a peek at the analyst’s game notes. Fifty feet ...

Tags: Franchises

Getting stars courtside for Heat

When LeBron James and Chris Bosh announced that they would join Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat two summers ago, the most active broker of premium tickets in South Florida felt the aftershock from the other side of the world. Michael Lipman, owner of Tickets of America and the high-end sports and ...

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Mayweather-Cotto shatters records

Fight promoter Richard Schaefer scanned the poster for this Saturday’s pay-per-view bout pitting Floyd Mayweather against Miguel Cotto, rattling off the names of brands sponsoring the fight. “We needed two lines for all the logos,” Schaefer said, chuckling. “This is clearl ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

Nike signs Bradley before Pacquiao bout

When Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent is featured on HBO’s “24/7” series in the lead-up to their June 9 pay-per-view, he will be decked head to toe in the Nike swoosh. Light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley became the third Top Rank-promoted fighter to join the burgeoni ...

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Champions: Steve Sabol

Photo by: PATRICK E. MCCARTHY On a Saturday morning last March, when the usually frenetic corridors at NFL Films were quiet and dark, Bill Driber sat across the desk from his boss and friend of 28 years, Steve ...

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Ticket challenge: Getting price right

A few years ago, the vice president of ticket sales for the St. Louis Cardinals, Joe Strohm, had all the same qualms about dynamic pricing as many in sports. He thought it was fine for airlines and hotel chains to move their prices up and down along with demand, but thought the tactic made little se ...

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League-owned teams = headache

Two weeks shy of this season’s NHL trade deadline, the Phoenix Coyotes clung to the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot, a scant three points ahead of Calgary and Colorado and only five points ahead of 12th place, where they languished seven days earlier. Asked whether ...

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Daily duel

When Nigel Eccles joined his five partners from the Internet startup Hubdub at the popular South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, in 2009, it was to bury an idea that only three months earlier had brought in $1.5 million from investors. While well-designed and artfully executed ...

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