Kathy Duva: Al Haymon has multimillion-dollar deal with NBC
Powerful advisor Al Haymon could have an exclusive output deal worth millions of dollars with NBC Sports, as characterized by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, the latter of whom’s contract with the network is about to expire.
Duva said Haymon is offering NBC around $20 million for around 24 fight dates, according to a report by BoxingScene.com, with at least four of those dates potentially being slated for prime time on regular NBC and one coming the week after the Super Bowl.
The move would effectively cause trouble for traditional boxing networks Showtime and HBO, particularly on the pay-per-view front.
“He’s promised NBC that he’s going to take his fighters off premium cable … he’s going to put Showtime and HBO out of the puzzle and he’s going to do away with pay-per-view and create an over-the-top network,” Duva told BoxingScene.com.
“He’s got the fighters and he’s presumably got the money. I wish him the best and I totally and sincerely mean it. I pray he doesn’t blow it because if he does, we’re not going back to [network TV for a while]. If he’s successful, all the networks will want boxing.”