There’s a good article in the NY Times about how boxing may be done. Pacquiao-Mayweather my be a billion dollar event, but after that, there’s not much else on the horizon. As they mention in the article, Wladimir Klitschko is the heavyweight champion, and he couldn’t sell out MSG.
I have to disagree with the idea that MMA is doing a great job. I think they’re doing a good job for what it is, but with the drugs, low pay, and questionable business decisions, it’s become more entertainment than sport. Jonny Bones just got stripped of his title–I had no idea that he was still around. Velasquez is the UFC Heavyweight Champion, and he hasn’t fought in two years.
But I do think that pay-per-view is getting out of hand. $90 for one event on TV? That’s crazy. There’s no way that that pricing model will ever work in the long-term. They really have to go back to free–at least for most of their fights. It’s hard to get people to talk about your sport if people can’t afford to watch your sport.