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The New Deal: Main Events And NBC Fight Night

It is practically a cultural cliché that most boxing promoters are crooked, amoral, and as double-dealing as the used car salesmen in The Hot Spot, but this does not keep multi-million dollar television conglomerates from paying promoters upfront for services yet to be rendered. This is like letting the Pied Piper take a kindergarten class on a field trip. Unless there is a significant amount of money to be made, no promoter is looking for competition for his fighters, who are, after all, contractually-bound commodities whose devaluation is a business setback for those who manage them. Any output deal or exclusive agreement on the part of a network is pure folly. Or is it? On Friday night the latest installment of NBC Fight Night–a product of Kathy Duva and Main Events–aired, and it almost looks like there is an output deal in place that bucks the sad trends of recent years. From The Cruelest Sport
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