Saturday, October 20, 2012

Boxing tonight at Barclays; will it remain monthly as planned? It doesn't look like that (though they could just lower ticket prices)

From the New York Post's George Willis today, Fightin’ to keep card intact at Barclays:
“How many times have you seen four world titles fight in one night and it’s not on pay-per-view?” [Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard] Schaefer said. “Having Danny Garcia make his return is the icing on the cake. It’s a very diverse card, just like Brooklyn and New York,” Schaefer said. “There’s a little bit for everyone.”
This is the first boxing card in a three-year deal Golden Boy Promotions signed with the Barclays to serve as the exclusive promoter for boxing. The initial plan was to have one boxing show a month at the facility. But Schaefer doesn’t want to sacrifice quality for quantity. Officials from Barclays and Golden Boy will meet this week to discuss more definitive plans and whether the next card will be either December of January.
“I want to make sure the market will carry that many shows,” Schaefer said. “I don’t want to over play the market either.”
It looks like they're already skipping November, and aiming for a two-month or three-month gap.

The initial plan, indeed, was to have boxing monthly, as indicated in the arena press release excerpted at right.

However, tickets have apparently sold so slowly that they decided to paper the house with more than 1,000 free tickets, nearly 10% of the expected attendance.

That said, I suspect they could fill more seats if they charged less than $56 minimum next time.

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