QUOTE (Cshel86 @ Dec 9 2011, 02:00 PM)
While discussing boxing on network television, I made myself ponder on such a subject afterwords. For those of us who've ordered a PPV before, the card usually has a run time of about 6 hours, with MUCH time left over.
I was wondering why the post-fight press conferences aren't aired during that long gap of time, because there's usually about 90 minutes remaining, simply of a logo and 80's porn music playing in the background...somewhat of a waste of money. Does anybody know the post-fight press conferences aren't shown?
It's been so long since I have ordered a PPV. Just too expensive. When these things started pushing $60, I had to say no. The run times are usually 5-6 hours. But, that is the time that the cable/Dish/U-Verse company buys from the promoter and distributer. Years ago, they would buy a PPV show that had only three hours of air time. The problem was that, because the shows that follow the live event are booked months in advance, (movies) they have to begin the new event when the LIVE SHOW TIME RUNS OUT, NOT WHEN THE CARD ENDS. I ordered a fight back in the 90's, I think it was Loreto Garza or something, and it show cut off in the last round, just as the three hour time slot was about to expire.
Additionally, there was a UFC card that had a three hour PPV cut off time in the 90's that suffered the same fate. So to stop that from happening again, the promoters and distributors will now put a 5-6 hour window on most PPV events. The little nothing Holyfield vs. bum from Germany or some shit will be like $29.95, but will only have one prelim on it. But they will still book at least 4 hours of PPV time, so that what happened in the 90's, with my examples above doesn't happen again.
What I would like them to do is run ALL Preliminary undercard fights, including the non-televised portion of the card. A live card that is a part of the big PPV super-fight, could have 8-10 fights on it. With all of them televised. If the PPV's start at 9 (ET) why not start broadcasting with the first real live fight of the night at 6PM (ET)? Or at least if they have time to fill, show an entire undercard fight! or show some classic fight that one of the main event guys fought in that was good. Most contractual agreements say that fighters can't enter the ring before a certain time prior to the main event. This is why we have to listen to Lamps, Manny, and Kellerman yak for 90 minutes if a fight ends too fast!
Than again, if you showed all fights on the card from the very first live bout, they would probably have to add $5.00 to the PPV broadcast fee, so maybe a bad idea! The closest they had to an all-day PPV was Holyfield-Moorer I, Beginning about three hours before the actual PPV start time, they went live and did analysis from Vegas for about three hours! It got a little boring. But it is the longest pre-fight show they ever did. Now you get a 30 minute countdown show that goes for about 10 minutes and repeats until the start of the PPV broadcast.