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Why do we pay $100 to watch a fight?

Aug 25, 2017
It comes with the territory, and soon every sport could be pay-per-view.
Workers set up at T-Mobile Arena ahead of the weigh-in and bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on August 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at the arena on August 26.
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How a boxing match featuring only one boxer is worth half a billion dollars

Aug 25, 2017
The Mayweather vs. McGregor fight is expected to generate revenue from everything from pay-per-view to advertising slots on Mayweather's boxing shorts and robe.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and MMA figher Connor Mcgregor pose during a media press conference on Wednesday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
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Mixed martial arts star gives fans quick thrill

Aug 3, 2015
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The economics of pay-per-view

Sep 16, 2013
Boxing's mainstream glory days pretty much ended when Don King and Mike Tyson got involved. Networks no longer wanted any part of it. So, in many ways, boxing owes its survival to pay-per-view, which has allowed it to tap a small but dedicated audience for a high price.