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    Tuesday, July 15, 2008

    No Holds Barred: Pay-Per-View Follies, Thomas Hauser on HBO and Boxing 


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  • On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins by explaining, once again, how the pay-per-view business model of many boxing and mixed martial arts companies is flawed due to numerous factors, including the growth of streaming on peer-to-peer networks, the declining economy, and more. In particular, the pay-per-view model of the Affliction MMA promotion is critiqued.

    In our main interview, which was originally played on SecondsOut Radio, we spoke with the award-winning boxing writer and author, Thomas Hauser of SecondsOut.com.

    Recently he wrote a lengthy and sharp critique called "HBO: 2008", which called into question the direction being taken by HBO, the most important television network in boxing.

    That article has been widely discussed, and we continued that discussion, both about HBO and the state and future of boxing, on our show this week.

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