Did Pay-Per-View Help Kill Boxing?

Well, probably not. But it’s worth noting that since Boxing’s important fights were moved to pay-per-view* in the early 80s, the sport’s fanbase has declined steadily. Obviously, there are other reasons for that, such as boring fighters and the confusion of having 600 different titles to contend for. It’s gotten to the point where Olympic Boxing, once a must-see event, has degenerated into a ridiculous dance competition.

*When I was a kid, I thought it was “Paper View.” Don’t know why that is. Actually, the Wikipedia entry for Pay-Per View might set the record for most [citation needed]s on the Internet. There are actually about 10 in the introduction alone, where we are helpfully informed that “Events can be purchased using an on-screen guide, an automated telephone system, or through a live customer service representative. Events include feature films, sporting events, and pornographic movies.'” I love Wikipedia. It knows everything.

People from my generation really don’t care about boxing at all. I’ve never in my life had a conversation that started “Hey, did you see the fight last night?” that didn’t have “between the two chicks at that bar” immediately afterwards. In one sense, it’s good. I’m all for athletic competition, but watching two guys beat each other up seems a little, I don’t know, Roman to me. That said, I kind of like boxing. I like the strategy in it and the physicality of it. But I never watch it. And I don’t know anyone who does. I think part of the problem is that people simply don’t want to pay $44.95 to watch 2 hours of undercard (which is often pretty exciting) followed by either 15 minutes of one Heavyweight getting pummeled or an hour of two guys looking menacingly at each other without actually landing any punches. The “best fights” just seem like a waste of money. It’s kind of sad, really. In the old days, Boxing was a great event. Now, it’s on channel 107 on Directv for 60 bucks, one slot after WWE XTREME SUMMER MADNESS for $48.99 and UFC CAGE OF RAGE for $39.95, but six slots ahead of “Kinky Co-Ed Detectives 8,”* for only $4.99. Doesn’t really seem like the noble sport of yore, does it?

*Not a real Porno, but sounds like it would be pretty good. I’m convinced I would be a great Porn writer/director. Look for an upcoming post to serve as my resume.

I’d still kind of like to go to Vegas for a big fight. But I might be the only person in my age group to feel that way. And even then, it would only be a diversion from the poker, which they show on TV for free and has become obscenely popular, despite the fact that Texas Hold ‘Em isn’t a great game and watching people play it is dreadful after six minutes. But I’m sure they aren’t related.

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2 Responses to “Did Pay-Per-View Help Kill Boxing?”

  1. “People from my generation really don’t care about boxing at all. I’ve never in my life had a conversation that started “Hey, did you see the fight last night?” that didn’t have “between the two chicks at that bar” immediately afterwards.”

    very nice.

  2. UFC = the new Boxing. It’s faster, more athletic, and there’s even more strategy. I know it looks ridiculous and sounds too brutal. I suggest watching “Masters of Mixed Martial Arts” (a documentary from National Geographic) that also happens to be fully on youtube if you search enough. I’ve been interested in the sport ever since. So much so that I want to take a BJJ class (brazilian Jiu Jitsu… not… a blow job job…)

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