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We are back at Hollywood smoke for another edition of 10-count. I am Steve Kim, this is Doug Fisher of ring TV, this is Ken Miller of The Sentinel. Who had the better year at the past 12 months in 2014, HBO or Showtime? I mean that 2014 was the year when the Cold War froze the sport, it was at its worst. You had two separate leagues with top-ranked HBO and Showtime.
They were forced to put their top fighters against each other, we got some great fights in 2012 and 2013. Then they ran out of matchups within their own leagues, and they did not fight against each other, it was bad. We had a lot of mismatches, we had a lot of blowouts, we had a lot of A side against C and D sides.
I think that Showtime had more mismatches, they had more price for all and they had more mismatches. So I would go with HBO based on the average quality of the programming, because Showtime had more mismatches from a true boxing fan.
I like watching boxing. Sometimes I want to see what a certain man is going to do. But one beauty to the science is, when you don’t know what you get in that box of Cracker Jacks, Showtime will give you a lot of boxing programming on a consistent basis. It was not a good programming, but I got an opportunity to see it. For me, HBO had the best most competitive fights.
They were too far, in the first half of the year, HB on Showtime was like the NFC South, they were bad. HBO had some features like Kareem Mayfield. He does not belong to HBO unless he’s on one of their documentaries.
But I think that HBO pulled away significantly, Hopkins Kovalev was a significant matchup. You take a look at this past weekend, we had the Heyman Invitational on Showtime, we had competitive stuff on HBO, Alvarado against Marquez. Look at the top rung fight, they were on one network.
Heyman pulled over on Showtime this year, because he did not deliver a lot of good fights that he had promised them. Lamont Peterson against Edgar Santana was 35 to 1. Danny Jacobs was only a seven or eight to one. We had about 19 or 20 rounds that night, the underdog did not come close to winning one round, I think that was bad.
Let’s go back to December 13, everybody wanted to see Amir Khan against Devin Alexander a year ago. That fight was an anticipated fight, it was supposed to be the fight that get you to Mayweather, it was viewed as a money fight.
You can’t have it in both ways, it’s the same two men on the same network. Though that speaks clearly, you could break it down in a million ways. I was given a sheet, I tweeted it out on Saturday out of the top 15 fights on cable, this year the most viewed fights. I think 14 of them were on HBO.
They’re going to get a larger audience, because they’re in Morehouse, you can check it, you can go into any hotel in the country, you can always get HBO. But you could never buy shares. HBO still has more viewers, there’s a reason for it, it has a lot of fans.
I had to unsubscribe to Showtime, I could do without the the Floyd Mayweather on Fridays. I wasn’t sure what to expect, even some of those Showtime cards. It even looked like a mismatch on paper. You got a gym like Robert Guerrero vs Yoshihiro. We were there, it was a fight of the year candidates, Lucas Matisse and John Molina. Having as much boxing content as Showtime, they get lucky.
I’ll mention another one, Adrien Broner against a manual table. I did not expect, those were good 12 rounds of boxing. These men are not only ready-made stars, they have to have a platform that is an opportunity for them to generate fan base.
Now we’re going to see if NBC and Al Heyman can generate that platform. When the American public is willing to turn tune for boxing on network television, I think that boxing will be beyond network television. There are not enough stars to go around, there’s too much programming and other avenues on other stations for the American public.
I’d like to have more boxing on network TV. I don’t think that it is going to work. That’s it for this segment of the 10-count on behalf of Ken Miller and Doug Fisher. This is Steve Kim. Goodbye.