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

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Epic fight shaping up for PPV record

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 27 / 15

Ten days ahead of the most anticipated fight since the advent of pay-per-view, the head of Showtime’s sports division scanned a sales report from distributors and saw trends that were even better than he had hoped. The most lucrative pay-p...

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