QUOTE (Maxy @ Nov 19 2010, 08:12 PM)
I understand where you're coming from but still, the sales generated in America are pathetic percentage wise and yet we are lead to believe they lead the world when it comes to boxing.
Seriously, I am really disappointed that such a huge nation doesn't get like 10 million buys for the big fights minimum. Stunned actually.
And Ollie, football is the number one sport over here, shed loads like cricket (fuck knows why, never been a fan) but boxing, when promoted right, always does good numbers. Having said that, when boxing was on terrestrial TV the numbers destroyed anything you'll ever likely to see again.
Maxy I know football is the number one sport, I lived in London for several years. However it was like the Henman factor every Wimbledon, because you only had one player of note (OK maybe Rusedski when you felt like claiming him
) all of a sudden the whole nation got behind tennis for that fortnight.
Same goes for a minor sporting nation like NZ. If we get a world class competitor in a certain sport then the whole country gets behind him (or her.) Despite rugby being our national sport the Tua/Lewis fight is still the single most watched event in NZ TV history. Unfortunately Tua couldn't deliver but I have no hesitation in believing if we had another decent HW come along in the next few years you would see huge viewing numbers all over again.
Like you though the smaller numbers blow me away in America. However there are so many other things to consider. Take the level of interest in college
sports as an example. Can you imagine college (university) matchs having the same level of interest in England or NZ that they have in USA? America is just a different larger beast.