Sunday, March 27, 2005

Brief Comments --- Decline of Boxing's Popularity in the U.S.

By JE Grant

The decline of boxing in the U.S. can be attributed to a few major factors: 1. Promoters more intent on promoting themselves than investing in star-making; 2. The seemingly growing number of sanctioning bodies; and 3. Lack of TV network exposure.

Everyone in American knows Don King. While that's not necessarily bad -- what is bad that if you ask 10 people on the street to identify a top fighter such as Antonio Tarver the result would not be encouraging. The numerous sanctioning bodies allow for promotion of "title" fights featuring fighters who are unknown to the public. Finally, network TV, despite its loss of market share to cable, is still the primary venue for TV entertainment.

I would like to see someone like Sugar Ray Leonard who fights regularly on network TV and builds a following of not only hard-core boxing fans but of sports fans in general.

1 Comments:

Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

I missed this one somehow JE.

12:39 AM  

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