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February 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr. gave himself a 37 th birthday present Monday, confirming he'll collect another multimillion-dollar purse by selecting Marcos Maidana as his May 3 opponent. Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) will defend his World Boxing Council welterweight title on Showtime pay-per-view at a site to be determined, either MGM Grand or Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "I am extremely happy to be facing Floyd Mayweather because it will give me the opportunity to show the world that I am the best welterweight in the division," said Maidana, who will represent throngs of Latino boxing fans on Cinco de Mayo when he faces the pound-for-pound king.
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BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Saturday night is fight night, with the highly anticipated rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley set to be broadcast on big screens across the nation. As thousands of fans traipse into bars and restaurants to catch the big fight, a small army of corporate detectives will be lurking in the background, hoping to catch something else. Paid by the promoters of the closed-circuit televised event, these sleuths will be on the lookout for bar owners who show the Pacquiao-Bradley fight without paying the commercial rate, which dwarfs the fee to watch in your living room.
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SPORTS
August 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Whither goest the sport of boxing these days? How about to a country where it was banned in 1959 and not allowed back until 1986? That would be China. This is promoter Bob Arum's grand plan. He has had many over six decades of promoting the sport, and most have worked out. Arum is the New York lawyer who promoted the first fight he saw, was Muhammad Ali's promoter, and, at age 81, has slowed down about as much as a freight train running downhill. Much is at stake, much more than usual, when Arum and his Top Rank Promotions send out superstar Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios in November.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr. gave himself a 37 th birthday present Monday, confirming he'll collect another multimillion-dollar purse by selecting Marcos Maidana as his May 3 opponent. Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) will defend his World Boxing Council welterweight title on Showtime pay-per-view at a site to be determined, either MGM Grand or Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "I am extremely happy to be facing Floyd Mayweather because it will give me the opportunity to show the world that I am the best welterweight in the division," said Maidana, who will represent throngs of Latino boxing fans on Cinco de Mayo when he faces the pound-for-pound king.
SPORTS
November 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
There's so much for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter to like about this new venture of fighting in Macao, China. For Pacquiao, it means a break from the 39% U.S. tax rate that reduced his purses fighting in Las Vegas. For Bob Arum, there's the promise of expanding a fan base among a country of 1.3 billion, particularly among those deep-pocketed enough to afford a vacation to the gambling-mecca Macao, where the Venetian hotel owners provided Arum a reported $8-million site fee. But will U.S. fans retain their interest in buying a Pacquiao pay-per-view when he's fighting at such a distant locale?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Satellite broadcaster DirecTV is less than thrilled with the WWE's plans to launch an online network and said it will have to rethink its relationship with the programmer and whether it will continue to offer its pay-per-view specials. As part of the WWE's online network, which will launch next month, its 12 pay-per-view specials including the hugely popular "Wrestlemania" will be made available to subscribers at a price tag of $9.99 a month. Traditional pay-TV distributors including DirecTV have for years counted on WWE's pay-per-view specials as a solid revenue source.
BUSINESS
March 29, 1987
Telstar Corp., Los Angeles, said it acquired Golden West Television Productions Inc., New York. Terms were not disclosed. Telstar operates a four-channel, pay-per-view TV company.
SPORTS
October 28, 2000
Advice for all sports fans: If you want to save your money, don't buy Clipper season tickets and don't buy pay-per-view for a Tyson fight. RON WOLOTZKY Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1989 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Consider: No more driving to your video store on Friday or Saturday afternoon, only to find that all the copies of the latest releases are already rented; no more return trips to take back the tapes that are available. For the first time in Orange County, thousands of cable television subscribers will soon be able to rent popular movies on the spur-of-the-moment, with just a flick of two buttons on their remote control unit. Not surprisingly for an entertainment service whose major advertised selling point is "instant gratification," Comcast Cablevision has chosen tony Newport Beach as the test market for its "impulse pay-per-view" system.
SPORTS
February 29, 1992
Baseball is in a real pickle when it comes to the spiraling costs of operations, particularly players' salaries, and the expiration of the CBS television contract that lurks on the horizon. Sunday's articles on this subject failed to mention the biggest reason that pay-per-view will never work. Beside the fact that there are far too many games, each being less than critical to the standings and overall outcome, the presence of ESPN's Sports Center has made pay-per-view in any form a risky proposition at best.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Satellite broadcaster DirecTV is less than thrilled with the WWE's plans to launch an online network and said it will have to rethink its relationship with the programmer and whether it will continue to offer its pay-per-view specials. As part of the WWE's online network, which will launch next month, its 12 pay-per-view specials including the hugely popular "Wrestlemania" will be made available to subscribers at a price tag of $9.99 a month. Traditional pay-TV distributors including DirecTV have for years counted on WWE's pay-per-view specials as a solid revenue source.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After four years and tens of millions of dollars spent on developing a new channel, WWE Corp. ultimately decided to bet on itself. Its new network, unveiled Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas , is not a traditional channel that will be distributed by pay-TV distributors including cable and satellite companies. Instead, it will be an online network that WWE fans can watch if they shell out $9.99 per month. By going the so-called over-the-top or OTT route, WWE is bypassing launching a network that would likely have been a slam dunk with distributors.
SPORTS
December 12, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Andre Ward said he's confident he'll return to the boxing ring in the early spring despite the lawsuit he filed Monday attempting to break from his longtime promoter, Dan Goossen. “The legal process that I'm going through right now should have no bearing on my getting back in the ring as soon as possible,” Ward said in a statement emailed to The Times on Wednesday morning. “And I'm hoping to fight some time in March or April. " Ward, 29, is 27-0 with 14 knockouts after cruising to a unanimous decision over Edwin Rodriguez last month in Ontario.
SPORTS
November 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
There's so much for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter to like about this new venture of fighting in Macao, China. For Pacquiao, it means a break from the 39% U.S. tax rate that reduced his purses fighting in Las Vegas. For Bob Arum, there's the promise of expanding a fan base among a country of 1.3 billion, particularly among those deep-pocketed enough to afford a vacation to the gambling-mecca Macao, where the Venetian hotel owners provided Arum a reported $8-million site fee. But will U.S. fans retain their interest in buying a Pacquiao pay-per-view when he's fighting at such a distant locale?
SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Chris Weidman was a nearly anonymous U.S. athlete before ending the near seven-year reign of Ultimate Fighting Championship former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in July. Now, UFC President Dana White says Weidman's rematch with Silva on Dec. 28 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas has the legitimate potential to become the organization's most lucrative pay-per-view in history. “It's almost surreal. I was almost like a nobody going to this last fight and now I can be part of the most pay-per-view buys ever,” said Weidman, 29, who appeared with Silva (33-5)
SPORTS
September 19, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominating win over "Canelo" Alvarez was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television. Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya. With the highest pay-per-view boxing price - at an average of more than $70 - the fight will generate nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone. Nevada boxing regulators said the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1997
In the last several weeks, action-packed films such as "Batman & Robin," "Con Air" and "The Lost World" have hit No. 1 in the box office. Recently, the violent film "Face/Off" beat out Disney's family-oriented "Hercules." Meanwhile, the Tyson-Holyfield fight drew in a record 1.9 million pay-per-view buys. Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) believes that television's declining standards have contributed to the erosion of family values ("TV Needs Self-Restraint, Not Censorship," Counterpunch, June 30)
SPORTS
January 23, 1999
A fighter who hasn't fought in a year and a half, and who looked like a spent fighter in his previous two fights. An opponent who is regarded as no more than that--an opponent. And a pay-per-view price of $45.95. Why is anyone surprised that the Tyson-Botha fight did so poorly? This fight shouldn't have been priced higher than $15, and quite possibly should have been a Showtime program instead of pay-per-view. Once boxing and TV promoters like Showtime and HBO start giving viewers value for their money, pay-per-view numbers will increase.
SPORTS
September 11, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Will it set the record? Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s anticipated junior-middleweight title fight  Saturday against Mexico's Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could threaten the 2.45 million pay-per-view buys valued at $137 million generated by Mayweather's 2007 victory over Oscar De La Hoya. The man who helped negotiate Mayweather-Alvarez said though it's his tendency to think conservatively, “if there's a fight that's going to break the record, this is it.” Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said the matching of boxing's most well-known fighter against the rising star of the sport's fan base, “has the potential to be a historic event, on one of the best pay-per-view cards in the last 10 to 15 years.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Benson Henderson was on the other end of Anthony Pettis' ninja super kick nearly three years ago, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion has moved on impressively. With seven consecutive victories since that loss by decision, including three successful title defenses, Henderson (19-2) on Saturday night confronts Pettis (16-2) again in the main event of pay-per-view UFC 164 in Milwaukee. “He's a pretty confident guy, but I'm a highly confident fighter myself in having the belt, defending the belt again and again.
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