August 25, 2012 |
Hit & Run has the look and feel of a vanity project. Like someone was willing to bankroll the wish of Hollywood couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell to work together on a film. They just weren't willing to sink a whole lot of money into it. That's not to say this shoestring cross between one of Burt Reynolds' old muscle-car movies and the blue satire of Reno 911 is without its charm and its laughs. It's just that if Shepard hadn't been able to coax friends like Bradley Cooper into participating, Hit & Run would be opening on PPV. Bell ( Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
October 5, 2001 |
Bernard Hopkins' win over Felix Trinidad for the undisputed middleweight title was the biggest pay-per-view fight of the year. The 475,000 buys Saturday night for the bout carried by HBO's pay-per-view arm topped the previous high for 2001 - the 400,000 for Oscar De La Hoya's victory over Javier Castillejo for the WBC super welterweight belt on June 23. There were 315,000 buys from cable systems and 160,000 satellite buys. The price varied between $45 and $50. HBO will replay the Hopkins-Trinidad bout at 10 p.m. tomorrow.
March 30, 2001 |
WRESTLEMANIA X-SEVEN, 8 p.m. Sunday, Pay-Per-View. WrestleMania. Professional wrestling's biggest night. And the road to Mania X-Seven ends at a sold-out Houston Astrodome before 65,000 screaming fans 8 p.m. Sunday. Year in, year out, WrestleMania is one of cable's top-selling Pay-Per-View events. Many years it is No. 1. With the stunning news of the WWF's purchase of archrival WCW, wrestling enters a new era, and Mania X-Seven is the new era's first big show. Talk about timing.
March 19, 2001 |
World Championship Wrestling is going on hiatus. After the March 26 "Nitro" in Panama City, Florida, no new shows will be broadcast and no live events will be staged. According to a memo distributed to WCW staff on March 16 the promotion will "review its programming plans and determine the course of future WCW-branded entertainment events" during the time off. Next comes word WCW may lose its coveted timeslots on Turner Broadcasting System Inc. channels TBS and TNT. Jamie Kellner, newly named TBS Inc. chairman and CEO, may have dealt the deal's fatal blow by indicating that he has no interest in maintaining WCW's slots.
September 11, 2000 |
It's a variation of an old joke, but did you hear the one about the 13,000 people who showed up here for a world championship boxing match only to have a New Orleans Saints game break out? Roy Jones Jr.'s much-hyped light-heavyweight title defense against North Philadelphia native Eric Harding Saturday night had some of the sights and all of the sounds of most Sunday-afternoon exercises in futility involving the Saints, who somehow have managed to play 33 NFL seasons without winning a single playoff game.
April 10, 1997 |
The postponement of the May 3 heavyweight rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson figures to pay off handsomely for two of boxing's finest smaller fighters. Lead promoter Bob Arum has been predicting record non-heavyweight pay-per-view sales for Saturday's WBC welterweight title bout between champion Pernell Whitaker and challenger Oscar De La Hoya, the WBC super lightweight champ who is stepping up to 147 pounds for the first time. And that was even before Tuesday's announcement that Holyfield-Tyson II had been pushed back to June 28 because of a cut above the left eye Tyson sustained in training.
August 18, 1995 |
Today's Sports Business 101 lesson: For guaranteed pay-per-view success, sign up Mike Tyson for a fight. Tyson, as we know, doesn't work cheap. The recommended price from Showtime Event Television (SET) to order the Tyson comeback fight tomorrow night against Peter McNeeley is $45.95. Despite such a hefty tariff, the fight likely will be a record-breaker. Joe Hand Sr., who operates a Philadelphia-based closed-circuit TV business with his son, Joe Jr., expects the Tyson-McNeeley bout to top the pay-per-view record of 1.3 million homes set by George Foreman vs. Evander Holyfield on April 19, 1991.
July 26, 1995 |
It'll be Mike Tyson vs. Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield Nov. 4 in what, from a television standpoint, figures to be the greatest heavyweight showdown of all time. Tyson's actual opponent that night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in his second comeback bout after serving a three-year prison sentence for rape, figures to be one of two fringe contenders, Buster Mathis Jr. or Lou Savarese. Bowe and Holyfield, meanwhile, will square off at the same time on the same date in their much-anticipated rubber match just down the street at Caesars Palace.
June 23, 1995 |
There's a professional wrestling program Sunday evening at the CoreStates Spectrum, but most of the people watching it won't be even remotely close to Philadelphia. That's because the event, a World Wrestling Federation spectacular called the "King of the Ring Tournament," is one of those pay-per-view things. You know, those licenses for sports and music promoters to print money. And while p.p.v. revenue greatly outstrips that of arena ticket sales, for fans there's nothing like actually being there.
December 12, 1994 |
It was billed as "Judgment Day in Monterrey," but promoter Don King's latest pay-per-view extravaganza left little to the hands of the judges. Of the 14 bouts on a card that proved that maybe there can be too much of a good thing, 13 ended in technical knockouts, with only an inconsequential eight-rounder going the distance. The result was 144 scheduled rounds compacted into 60. Even with all the quick finishes - six fights were terminated inside of three rounds, including three first-rounders - the action dragged on for nearly nine hours in the chilly air Saturday night at Estadia de Beisbol Monterrey.