QUOTE (salvador @ May 9 2010, 03:00 PM)
I think Fighthype needs to do a story on the math/economics of PPV boxing - what the cable companies get, what HBO gets, what the fighters get, what the promoters get, and where all the money comes from outside of ticket and PPV sales. (And yes, it's easy to imagine that's confidential info and that it's all negotiable - except with comcast ect. - but the basics would be extremely interesting.) That's the story that will win you the Pulitzer.
That would be excellent actually if it could happen even with general numbers. There are so many questions, like 33.3% from figthers' purse, trainers getting 10% or a flat fee, managers getting like 10% of the fighter's purse (I think Hayman might be making a lot more and is it him or Loui Dibella that is getting the 33.3% from Andre Berto?), cutman's fee, the guy who wraps Floyd's hands, WBO,WBC,IBFs' fees. Strenght and conditioning experts like Alex Ariza, is he getting paid by Freddie? I don`t think Pacquio`s advisor is making as much money as Al Haymon, but he probably makes as much as Leonard Ellerbe. Commercial deals, Pacman`s nike and Floyd`s reebok? Cazadorez, budwiser, corona and many other logos on the ring. I think cable companies make the most from the pay per view business but I really don`t know. Promotion money, how much money is spent on it and by whom, how much do the networks invest, how much do the promoters invest? Licensing fees, for example HBO or Showtime pays this kind of money for the fight to take place on BAD and I guess from these licensing fees the promoters get their money and their fighters` money, but how about the live gate, they get that too? How much does Madison Square Garden charge for Cotto`s fights there? How much do sparring partners cost, who covers training camp expenses, fighters or promoters? If the fight doesn`t happen due to an injury, who covers the training expenses? How do international broadcasts work in terms of money? How much do commissions make? Concessions, do they pay Bob Arum to sell food and drinks in MSG when he`s booked and paid for the place for a particular night? How much do broadcasters get? Ring card girls, who hires them, do they get paid, do promoters go to stripclubs and get them there?
Taxes, how much are taxes in different states in U.S., do promoters pay less tax on revenue than a fighter because they are a company and not an individual, is this the reason many fighters form their own promotional companies? Do you pay to attend certain weigh-ins? How much money is made of merchandize by promoters, how much merchandize is actaully being sold in the boxing venues?
Too many questions.