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Thursday, August 2017 08:31:22

Showtime sued over Mayweather-McGregor pay-per-view

An Oregon man has filed a lawsuit against Showtime after he said he paid to view Saturday’s highly anticipated fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather but the stream had issues throughout the event.

The class action allegation complaint, which was filed on the behalf of Zack Bartel, states that Bartel purchased the stream for $100 on Showtime’s app and all he got was “grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls.” The complaint, which was penned by attorneys Michael Fuller and Mark Geragos, contained screenshots demonstrating Bartel’s issues.

“At the same time defendant’s system was unable to stream the Mayweather fight in HD, plaintiff was able to watch other streaming services on YouTube and Netflix in crystal clear HD, as usual,” the complaint read.

“To his extreme disappointment and frustration, the plaintiff (and thousands of other consumers) quickly learned that defendant’s system was defective and unable to stream the Mayweather fight in HD as defendant had advertised. Instead of being a “witness to history” as defendant had promised, the only thing plaintiff witnessed was grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls,” the complaint stated.

“Plaintiff took a speed test of his Internet just to make sure the issues weren’t being caused by a bad connection.”

In a statement sent out Monday, Showtime said it would issue refunds to those who bought the fight but could not watch it. The statement said that there were only a “very limited number” of people contacting them saying they could not watch the bout.

“Refunds are handled at the point of sale,” Showtime spokesperson Chris DeBlasio said. “‎While we have received a very limited number of complaints, we will issue a full refund for customers who purchased the event directly from Showtime and were unable to receive the telecast.”

Showtime released a statement Saturday night saying that the main event from Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor would be “slightly” delayed due to pay-per-view issues. UFC Fight Pass, which was also streaming the mega event, faced issues, too, and many people — including UFC fighters — complained on social media about not being able to watch on that platform. The lawsuit is alleging unlawful trade practices and unjust enrichment against Showtime.

Bartel’s lawyers are asking for “actual, statutory, and punitive damages, interest, and reimbursement of fees and costs.” The complaint states that Bartel and any other plaintiffs part of the class action suit are “entitled to recover actually damages or $200 statutory damages, whichever is greater.”

“Instead of being upfront with consumers about its new, untested, underpowered service, defendant caused likelihood of confusion and misunderstanding as to the source and quality of the HD video consumers would see on fight night,” the complaint reads. “Defendant intentionally misrepresented the quality and grade of video consumers would see using its app, and knowingly failed to disclose that its system was defective with respect to the amount of bandwidth available, and that defendant’s service would materially fail to conform to the quality of HD video defendant promised.”

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Thursday, September 2017 09:07:32:18

Mayweather-McGregor falls short of breaking gate revenue record

While the pay-per-view numbers are still to come, the fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fell well short of breaking the gate revenue record set by Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather in 2015, MMAFighting.com's Marc Raimondi confirmed Tuesday with the Nevada Athletic Commission.

The Aug. 26 boxing match made $55,414,865 in ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas compared to Pacquiao-Mayweather's total of $72,198,500.

T-Mobile Arena was configured to seat 17,698 spectators, according to the NAC, but "The Money Fight" only sold 13,094 tickets with 137 complimentary tickets given out.

Showtime announced last week that the superfight is "tracking in the mid-to-high 4 million pay-per-view buys," which puts it on course to challenge the Pacquiao-Mayweather record of 4.6 million pay-per-views.


Ran DeBord is a Sr. Editor with All Access Sporting News  (AASNSports)


Sources for this article include:

 MMAJunkie, FoxSports, Wikipedia, Twitter, AASNSports

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