The Wall Street Journal reports that 21st Century Fox has struck a four-year agreement with Premier Boxing Champions for the rights to carry fights on the Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports 1 cable channel and pay-per-view, starting in December. The media giant is stockpiling programming in preparation for life after it completes the sale of the majority of its entertainment assets to Walt Disney Co. , a deal that will leave behind a “New Fox” focused heavily on sports and its Fox News Channel. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.
The sport of boxing returned to broadcast TV on Saturday night in a big way with the first of 20 Premier Boxing Champions fights that will be seen on NBC between now and the end of the year. This weekend’s first fight featured some technical innovation, and viewers can expect more in the coming months.
Looking for the latest proof of the power of live programming? Turn to NBC on Saturday night. Before you sit through another SNL cold open, you’ll be able to catch the return of professional boxing to network primetime. Yes, the sport that once created megastars like Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson with Saturday afternoon exposure (on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and competing programming on CBS and NBC), is back on free TV.
African-American multicast network Bounce TV has signed a multi-year deal to televise live boxing events of the new Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series. PBC The Next Round will be a monthly series, with two hours of live boxing ars. The series will premiere on Bounce TV in July, with a schedule of fights and on-air […]