HBO, Boxing Miss With YouTube Complaint

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The fight that’s supposed to save boxing, Mayweather versus De La Hoya, ended up on YouTube, swiftly followed by a takedown request from HBO. It’s a missed opportunity for lots of potential boxing fans.

Clips of the video from the May 5th bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Oscar de la Hoya appeared on YouTube after the fight. HBO acted quickly to protect their exclusive rights to the rebroadcast, and demanded they be taken off the video sharing site.

Mashable writer Kristen Nicole noted the AP account of the decision. YouTube removed the content at the request of the cable network.

If HBO and the various individuals who infest the world of boxing want to try and reclaim a generation of fans they have lost, banning clips of a reasonably entertaining bout as heavily hyped as Mayweather-De La Hoya was isn’t the way to do it.

The current generation of connected would-be fans probably think people like Klitschko, Valuev, and Maskaev were former Soviet Union bureaucrats, rather than current and recent heavyweight champions. Boxers like them could use some more exposure.

HBO, Showtime, and the various boxing promoters who seem more inclined to have their fighters duck tough fights ought to try taking advantage of the online video sharing craze. Having a couple of the better rounds of Mayweather’s win on YouTube couldn’t possibly force HBO into bankruptcy.

There are a lot of problems with boxing, many of which are self-inflicted. Getting more visibility for their best prospects, and their better bouts, could go some ways toward building more interest.

Otherwise boxing promoters like Don King and Bob Arum, not to mention HBO, will continue to see a younger audience put their pay-per-view dollars towards mixed martial arts matches like the upcoming Chuck Liddell-Rampage Jackson rematch.

HBO is too worried about what they might lose today with fight clips on YouTube. We’re inclined to think the viral buzz potential from YouTube would build interest among viewers HBO might not attract without it.

HBO, Boxing Miss With YouTube Complaint
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  • B.L.Morgan

    I don’t know how you can be serious saying that HBO should not have demanded that clips of De La Hoya/Mayweather be removed. The bottom line is that the people who posted the clips violated the rights that HBO had to that fight. HBO paid to put the event on. If people wanted to see it, they should have done like I and every other boxing fan who really wanted to see the fight did, buy the telecast.
    I am a the author of The Dark Books. Those books will be appearing in print in 2008. If you want one, buy it from the store. If you get one and print up and sell your own copies don’t let me find out. I will do every thing in my power to put you in jail. It’s the same concept. If you develope an entertainment product, whether it’s a book or a movie or a sporting event, copying and showing or selling that product is a criminal offense. If you do it be prepared for the legal consequenses.

    • David A. Utter

      HBO was well within its rights to request clips of the fight be taken down. I’m questioning the wisdom of doing so.

      Once upon a time, boxing had a substantial following. Years of corruption and the persistent habit of fighters ducking other fighters have virtually pushed it out of the sporting public’s mind.

      HBO had an opportunity to grab just a little bit of attention with what had been an entertaining fight. They opted for protection rather than promotion.

      That may have been the smart legal choice, but not a wise one. ESPN has been slowly catching on to MMA, especially UFC. Their talking heads talk about it. Even Max Kellerman, probably the biggest boxing fan on ESPN outside of Dan Rafael, talks UFC.

      Boxing’s future doesn’t look good. Engaging an Internet audience could help stave that off. Legal consequences don’t mean much if no one cares about the product you’re trying to protect.

  • http://www.boxingvideosonline.com PinoyVid

    I understand if they take down videos of recently televised PPV fights, but taking down uploaded videos which happened 10 years ago is a complete nonsense. It hurts them more in the long run. Old boxing videos on youtube promotes future fights.

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  • Casey

    I Watched the Moralas fight tonight dumb ass bull-shit when it comes to determining a winner I stopped my subscription as soon as the fightwas over and they determined a winner….Madiera idiots……Fuck HBO
    What a bunch of rigged shit……. and I hate Morales, but but what a crock.. 954-990-8062

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