Professionals predicted that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would be smashing all records with their upcoming dream match— including crushing all PPV numbers. However, now that it has been confirmed that the price tag for the pay-per-view is a whopping $100, piracy may actually cut a big chunk out of PPV sales.
Analysts tell Forbes that how popular video piracy has become in the sport will damage the sales for this weekend’s PPV…
“What (Zack) Jones is largely referring to is the potential for widespread illegal streaming of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. It is a serious concern for sporting event operators, who acknowledge the existence of illegal streaming services that violate copyrights and serve as a major threat to an event’s bottom line. However, Jones notes that this population is Internet savvy and many people know where to find live streams. That, in addition to a steep $100 asking price on Pay Per View, may lead to a number of PPV buys lower than what is currently being anticipated.
It will be a struggle for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight to reach more than 3.15 million PPV buys even without the threat of illegal streaming services. May 2 is being referred to as the biggest day in sports history and Sports Armageddon. It includes the NFL Draft, New York Yankees at the Boston Red Sox, the Kentucky Derby, and ends with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Jones believes there will be a large group of people will simply do not feel the need to spend $100 to watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight after such a long, tolling day of tremendous sporting events.”
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