The major sports leagues like to push the envelope, that’s for sure. We’re in pandemic times and the NFL reportedly wants to double, yes, double their asking price per year for rights to show their games.
Do they really think television rights are worth that much? Or rather, that much more during these times? It seems more than eyebrow raising and Disney is calling them out.
Disney agreed to pay $1.9 billion annually for Monday Night Football in 2011 — a deal that runs through 2021. That dwarfed the average $1.1 billion annual cost for Fox, $1 billion annual price tag for CBS and $960 million for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Disney has already rejected paying anywhere close to $3.8 billion per year for its new deal, said two of the people. Disney CEO Bob Chapek alluded to pushing back on the NFL’s asking price during his company’s earnings conference call last week.
We are fair season fans, admittedly. I will watch live sports when my favorite team, or home team, rather, is doing well. The Seahawks choked down the stretch. The Mariners haven’t been good since Ichiro was on his epic hitting streak and we don’t even have an NBA team in the Seattle area.
Agree with Disney on this one. Ask for a discount on pricing. Less people are watching live TV these days. Less people have cable or satellite and are using streaming. Sure, those streaming rights are part of what the NFL wants to negotiate with Disney — so they can stream on Hulu TV presumably — but still not anywhere close to $1.9 billion, much less $3.8 billion.
This is one of those circumstances where we can blame the NFL for asking. What do you think? Is the NFL worth all this cheddar? I get you might like your favorite NFL team and the ability to watch them on your favorite channel but …. for this much, really?
If you’re not interested in dropping 50 bones to watch the fight, it’s all good. You will be able to follow the live fight recap somewhere online. Probably one or more of the sports sites.
The way I see, these are a few possible outcomes (in no particular order)
Tyson comes out swinging fierce and furious. Knockout by Tyson in the first round or two. TYSON WIN.
Tyson runs out of gas after the first three or four rounds, Jones Jr. takes over and scores repeatedly throughout, especially the later half of the fight. DRAW. Neither fighter wins.
Both fighters tire out and spend a lot of time clutching, grabbing and being broke apart by the ref. DRAW.
Jones Jr. outclasses Tyson who has a brief moment of power in the first round and is used as punching bag throughout the fight. Tyson tries to go for the knockout here and there, but Jones slips it over and over or clutches and grabs. Blood is drawn and the fight is STOPPED BY REF. NO WINNER DECLARED.
People’s favorite would be option #1. I give this maybe 25% chance, if that of happening. Tyson has a lot of ring rust, 15 year out of boxing is an eternity. Not sure even though he looks very ripped that we will see much of the magic of his prime.
(MY PICK — DRAW) #2 is a more likely scenario, giving it even odds, 50%. Tyson will be most dangerous in the first round, maybe the second and less so as he runs out of gas. The two minute round times favor a more explosive match-up.
#3 will be the disappointing outcome. A boring fight. I’d say this is unlikely of the scenarios offered, let’s say 10% chance, given Tyson’s devastating uppercut power. I’m not sure Jones wants any part of being on the inside to be caught by that bomb. Giving this 20% chance. It’s similar to #2 in the outcome, however.
#4 is also a fairly likely scenario, maybe 40% chance. There is also a small, but plausible possibility that Tyson quits like he did in his last fight, thus leaving Jones Jr. the winner by TKO. I think this scenario, if Tyson quits, would mean no rematch, no more boxing for Mike Tyson. Any other scenario of the three and he might just box again in the future. We’ll see.
My statistical pick is #2. There is no declared winner. Sure, they will be scoring the fight and if it’s even remotely close, the judges scorecards will favor Tyson over Jones Jr. Next I’d give it to Jones Jr. and third Tyson for the quick knockout.
I know everybody wants to root for Tyson to knock out Jones Jr. in the first round with some sort of vicious punch. Admittedly I’d like to see that young Tyson boxer again, but he’s 54. Even he said just hitting the bag for 20 seconds when he first started gave him pain. Not sure we’ll ever see that Tyson again, but am willing to spend 50 bucks to hope to see it.
Also, I think Roy Jones Jr. is a much better fighter than some might be giving him credit for. This leads me to believe he will either invoke a draw or win the fight himself by frustrating Mike’s style. Mike likes to come in fast and strong and Jones Jr. should be experienced enough to bob, weave and dodge his ferocious onslaught. I say should because any fighter on any day can be taken out by a good punch.
Am making these predictions early on fight day … about six hours before the fight begins. There is a lot of interest in watching this event. Whether or not it’s interest in the outcome of the fight, or the fact that two 50+ former boxing champions are duking it out or it’s something like reality TV in the sports world, this promises to be entertaining. Considering you could get several months worth of entertainment on a streaming channel for the same price, it might be better served to follow the fight through online text live recaps. If you happen to have the discretionary dollars, then it’s a safe way to spend the night watching something … different.
Are you planning on watching the fight tonight? If not, but still interested, who do you think will win? Or, like me, do you think it most likely ends with no winner declared?
By now you might have heard about an upcoming, admittedly unusual PPV (Pay Per View) sports event involving retired boxing sensation Mike Tyson.
Admittedly this is outside what we typically cover here — we’ve never before covered live PPV sporting events of any kind — but this might be of interest to some readers, despite costing almost as much as an annual subscription to some streaming services.
The price for the upcoming event on September 12 (11/28/2020 @ 6pm PT) featuring Mike Tyson’s return to the ring in an 8-round exhibition fight is reportedly going to cost $49.99.
While pricey, the event is still cheaper than a number of the other major PPV boxing events in recent years. The February 2020 rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder cost $79.99, while the 2017 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor set fans back a whopping $99.99 in high definition.
The event is being streamed on Triller, which I never heard of until Tyson mentioned it in a promotional interview for the fight. Apparently Triller is a competitor of TikTok, which I also have never used. Anybody reading familiar with Triller?
According to another article linked in the next quote below, Triller paid $50 million for the exclusive streaming rights for this scheduled 3-hour PPV event.
Over the years we paid for and watched several Mike Tyson PPV fights and this one, assuming we can stream it on our TV (no cast to TV option will mean we’ll likely sit the sidelines, as I’m not dropping 50 bones to watch on the computer and we don’t have cable or satellite TV service), will be no exception.
$49.99 isn’t that far out of line for a three hour PPV event featuring a live boxing event. I’m not expecting the fight between Roy Jones Jr and Tyson to be as exciting as Tyson’s earlier boxing matches. What makes Tyson so compelling is how unpredictable he can be.
Let’s not forget Tyson bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear. He bit him twice in the same round in that historic rematch.
My favorite line from former cornerman for Ali, boxing analyst and “The Fight Doctor” Ferdie Pachecko, “It’s like Dracula or something!”
Boxing fans are very familiar with Mike Tyson. Even non-fans recognize him for his various acting cameos and roles and how he dominated the news by a rape conviction and prison sentence or hanging out with tigers. The man is legendary.
Another reason I’m interested in this event is because Tyson is donating the money he received to charity. He’s not doing this for money for himself. He’s found some other inner calling to help others. I think this alone makes paying $49.99 to support the event worth it, even if others will see this as a freak show of sorts.
Who will win this fight? Tyson or Jones?
Tyson is the favorite on early betting lines so far. He probably will have a ton of ring rust being out 15 years, but nobody can deny his fierce punching power. If he catches Jones with an uppercut or his lethal left hook, it’s game over. I don’t care if he’s getting a senior discount at some restaurants, Jones isn’t likely to be able to absorb that blow.
Then again, Jones had been fighting professionally up until 2018. He can’t be counted out for his skill. He’s also three years younger at 51.
Respect Roy Jones Jr. take on this from sportsbible.com:
“I’m not going to try and go out there in the first round and take him out like I’m a fool. He’s still strong early, he’s still a strong lion.
But I’ve got a cheetah’s mentality which means I’ve got to get quick. If he don’t kill me quick his ass belongs to me then.”
I’ll make a formal prediction before the fight as the event draws nearer, likely after the PPV is available for purchase. It’s still almost a month away from this writing, so want to wait and see what else transpires leading up to the event.
However, if I had to make a decision right now, I’d say outside a knockout by Tyson in the first round, it will be a draw. Keep reading and you’ll see the rules for the fight, which portend the outcome likely leading to no decision.
I didn’t mention anything about the undercard. That will feature YouTuber, Jake Paul boxing former NBA guard Nate Robinson. Not sure how these two amateur fighters getting in the ring to settle a beef (???) leads us to two real boxers in a boxing match, but hey, it’s an undercard event and I wasn’t motivated by either person enough to research more into why they are even on this undercard (commenters feel free to fill me in below). I’d rather see something NBA-related with an NBA basketball player (perhaps a one on one pickup game or something?), but don’t know enough on this yet. It’s a freak curiosity, at least. The whole event is shaping up to be something that straddles the border between serious and farce.
George Foreman has publicly stated he’d like the event canceled because he doesn’t want to see Tyson or Jones get hurt. There is an element of danger in any boxing match, I mean these guys have lethal weapons as fists and they’re hitting each other in the head. Foreman’s heart is certainly in the right place, but dangerous stunts for entertainment are nothing new. Evel Knievel made risking your life a sport people will pay to see. Go watch his crazy Snake River Canyon in a rocket jump if you need any convincing that there are far more dangerous events for money.
They are wearing larger than normal gloves (12 ounce).
No scoring judges. So, if there isn’t a winner by knockout, it will be a draw.
If either fighter is cut, the fight will be stopped. Again, this suggests the outcome will be a draw.
I’m somewhat skeptical the event will go off as scheduled, but, again, if it’s available to stream and cast to our TV, I’ll be there. We have Roku and Chromecast. I just checked on Roku for a Triller channel and one doesn’t appear to exist.
I just looked over the Triller website and installed the app on my Samsung Note 10+ Android phone. Upon launching the Triller app and cycling through the menu and videos I didn’t see any obvious way to cast to TV, so I’m worried how this will be streamed to TV for those of us who don’t have cable or satellite. It’s a legitimate concern thanks to HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi having major launches without Amazon Fire Stick or Roku support.
No idea if this PPV event through Triller exclusively will be blocked for cast to TV but if it is somehow, that will be one of the stupidest moves ever. I mean, that would be like like Quibi-level idiocy.
Presales for the event will, according to the first linked, quoted article above, not be available until August 26, so it seems even the promoters aren’t sure yet if this event can and will go off as scheduled. Almost a month from now before we can buy this PPV.
If it happens, will you be buying this PPV for $49.99?
I’ll admit it doesn’t seem like the best use of $50, especially in current times. Hey, it’s entertainment. Will this even be good entertainment, is another question. We’ve paid over $50 before to see a movie with our grandchildren and they didn’t even make it through half the movie.
But enough of what I’m thinking, what about you? Do you have any interest in events like this? Your answers in the comments — or not — will also help me understand if covering events like this are worthwhile here. We’re a site about movies and to a lesser extent TV, but this type of one-off entertainment could be shown in a theater if they were open, like a Fathom Event, so it seems very related to what we do here.
Will you pay $49.99 for this PPV event? Or wait for the news update the next day? What would you be willing to pay if it’s some other price than $49.99? I think the price is just about right for me. If it was much more than 50 bucks, I’d probably pass on it, too.
Some believe there are no original stories left to tell. If you’ve read every single story ever written, that’s probably true. The basic plot structures in every genre likely have been told.
It’s the style, spice and perspective that provide nearly limitless variations.
When I come to a story ripe with cliches like this one, I’m looking for a fresh perspective, a different mixture of the story stew. This one comes up pretty short in that department, unfortunately.
Even though the feature reflects WWE’s core values built on family, teamwork and inspirational aspirations, and contains healthy messages about proving one’s mettle using wit and wisdom, “The Main Event” sags far too frequently.
The idea of an young boy wrestler beating the adult giant wrestlers has potential. Some of the ring antics shown are cool like when Leo jumps from one corner to the other. That would really turn heads.
I was a little mixed up on one scene involving the bullies at school and Leo. The lights go off, does he put on the mask? Because all of a sudden he goes super strength and leaves the three bullies hanging from their underwear. Also, how does the teacher who busts the boys know it was Leo? Just because he’s standing there among the other kids looking guilty? Head scratch.
Reviews by Others
Let’s see what others are saying about The Main Event?
HCMovieReviews: “…is far from the upper card, but certainly not a dark match. Despite being overly childish now and again, there is a fun charm to this spectacle.”
Jesse Revell Reviews: “…a very solid wrestling movie for kids but it isn’t the best wrestling movie ever (that belongs to ‘Ready to Rumble’).”
Not Recommended (or undecided or unstated)
Doc / Embrace Your Geekness: “This was not terrible, but it is, most likely, going to be more enjoyable for younger viewers. It is silly and predictable and makes little sense. Gigantic WWE fans, especially the younger ones, might like this more than others.”
Linked above and wondering what would be the cool thing to do next? Commenting once in awhile is always good (I like reader and other blogger interaction). If you have the trackback/pingback come to your site then just approve it because after people read your review then they can come here and follow links and read someone else’s review. What comes around goes around and sharing is the ultimate “thank you!” on the internet.
Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs and pull quoting from my reading list as well as other new blogs shared, liked and discovered.
The phrase: don’t bite the hand that feeds seem to be apt for the vitriol at “ungrateful fans” from Ronda Rousey — if it’s real.
That’s the question with pro wrestling: how much of what you’re seeing is and isn’t real?
You might have heard Rousey’s name, the former UFC badass that was the master of the arm bar submission. She lost her last two bouts, retired and went to pro wrestling.
I haven’t followed her career in wrestling, but have seen stories here and there suggesting she’s been doing well there, and good for them.
Until I saw this story that she’s tired of the road and, perhaps, truly disgruntled with fans.
“So it’s just like … what am I doing it for if I’m not being able to spend my time and energy on my family, but instead spending my time and my energy on a bunch of f*cking ungrateful fans that don’t even appreciate me? I love performing. I love the girls. I love being out there … but, at the end of the day, I was just like, ‘F*ck these fans, dude.’ My family loves me and they appreciate me and I want all my energy to go into them.
Ouch. I’m guessing this won’t go well with wrestling fans. Or maybe it will, as she’s turning into a WWE villain.
You can watch Ronda Rousey’s documentary on Netflix — click the title link at the start of this post for my review — and learn more about her time before she went to wrestling. There’s a good story there.
As for melting down against fans? I can’t really comment, because I don’t know if it’s real angst or a con job to rile up the fans (so more ticket sales will be generated). After all, the “Rowdy” in Ronda’s fighting name came from one of the best rile-em-up masters in wrestling: Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Ronda is now battling with another female wrestler, Nia Jax, in a war of words outside the ring:
“Anyone who is outraged by me calling pro wrestling ‘fake fights for fun’ has never been in a REAL fight,” Rousey wrote. “While you all are tip toeing around bruising some pro wrestlers’ huge soft egos – no one is thinking about all the REAL fighters you’re insulting when pretending pro wrestling is somehow on the same level of realism. Yes, I understand, wrestling 300 days a year for years on end is incredibly tough on the body and a difficult profession – but do you know what would happen if you got in 300 REAL fights in a year? You would be dead.”
Hype or real? I don’t know. Usually you don’t see the wrestlers using the four letter F-word that ends with an ‘e’ instead of a ‘k’, so maybe this is real. What Ronda describes as a grueling physical run for the sport is real, the people involved are all in very good shape actors who spend a lot of time on the road working. Fans that love the sport and are very passionate about it are real, too. It’s fun entertainment to watch, especially when there are spirited personalities.