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Showtime, HBO Pleased So Far With Joint Effort To Produce Mayweather-Pacquiao

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 24 / 15

From the time the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight was announced, many in boxing and the broader TV industry wondered how producers HBO and Showtime would co-exist. Not only are the networks business rivals, but their operations have taken dramatically different approaches to PPV market...

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