Friday, May 1, 2015

Would you spend $100 for a PPV fight?

There are a few things to keep sports junkies happy this weekend.

1. The Yankees & Red Sox meet again, this time at Fenway Park. How loud will the boos be for Alex Rodriguez every time he walks up to the plate?

2. The Mets, who've fallen back to earth by losing 5 of 7, continue a weekend series with Washington, and in danger of falling out of first place at the end of the weekend if they're not careful.

3. NHL & NBA playoffs.

4. The Kentucky Derby. Enough said there.

Finally, after years of stalling, followed by hype, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. & Manny Pacquiao will finally meet for the unified welterweight title. Problem is, this PPV fight may be the most expensive fight of all time for consumers.

Time Warner Cable, for example, is asking roughly $90 for a regular PPV broadcast, but if you want to go high-definition, it'll cost $100. If you think that's bad, a restaurant chain like Buffalo Wild Wings is refusing to carry the fight because they're being charged $1000 to screen the card. I know boxing PPV's are the most expensive, but this is flat ridiculous. The very definition of greed.

Do I plan on watching? No. I stopped watching boxing long ago, largely because I've fallen asleep watching some of those Saturday or Sunday afternoon fights on CBS, ABC, or NBC. Do I really care who wins? No.

Consider the players:

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fancies himself to be this generation's Muhammad Ali. Actually, he's more like a cross between Ali and, maybe, Mike Tyson, who took offense to Mayweather's comparing himself to Ali. Given Mayweather's arrest record, he falls closer to fighters of Tyson's generation, anyway.

If Mayweather is Ali, then Pacquiao would be Joe Frazier, who defeated Ali in a legendary bout in 1971, only to lose two rematches. Finally, as Ali & Frazier had Howard Cosell as a sounding board back in the day, today, there is ESPN's Cosell wannabe, Stephen A. Smith, whose primary beat was basketball, but now he thinks he can cover football and boxing, too. We have to assume Cosell was an idol of his growing up. Just listen to Smith talk sometimes. He tries to sound like Cosell, yet he's 10 times as annoying. He's from Frazier's hometown of Philadelphia, but even Rocky Balboa and Fat Albert would be more popular than Smith is.

God help us all if one of the fighters ends up doing a commercial for a certain brand of beef jerky that embarrassed Richard Sherman by having Smith be the voice of his stomach.

No, I'll be watching the Mets and filing a review on "Avengers: Age of Ultron". All things considered, I'd rather watch a Celebrity Deathmatch marathon.........

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