5 ways boxing is revolutionizing the fan experience

Sports fans today crave exciting and engaging viewing experiences. They want the latest in technology, outstanding production quality and most importantly, they want to see the event on their terms. The rise of on-demand entertainment and accessible sports video content has driven the demand for a more engaging viewing experience. These fans want access to their favorite events, without paying extra fees.

Thanks to a new series, fans of one of the world’s oldest sports are rallying behind the call: “Boxing is Back.”

Boxing fans will be able to enjoy fights on network television for the first time in decades – instead of being limited to only pay-per-view events. The new Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series (starting March 7 on NBC, March 13 on Spike TV, and April 4 on CBS) is elevating the sport of boxing by featuring both state-of-the-art audio and data-driven visual elements for those watching at home, and spectators in the arena. The networks have promised a modern immersive multi-media experience to fans that evokes a visceral emotional connection to the art of boxing.

Below are five ways that boxing and PBC will be paving the way for other sports events of the future:

1. Revolutionary action-capturing technology. While the night will be an eye-opening experience for all those inside the arena, those who watch the bouts from the comfort of their own homes can do so via network TV for the first time in decades by tuning into NBC or Spike. Viewers will get the opportunity to take in the complete visual and audio experience as part of the exciting new TV package that will include revolutionary 360-degree camera angles and high quality photos of the fighters that will provide viewers with details that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

2. Biggest names in sports broadcasting. Seven-time Emmy Award winner Al Michaels will host the program on NBC. The NBC blow-by-blow announcers include the biggest names from boxing’s glory days including Sugar Ray Leonard and Marv Albert. Spike TV announcers include acclaimed sports broadcasters Dana Jacobson, one of the first women bringing an entirely new perspective to the sport and well regarded sportscaster, Scott Hanson.

3. Iconic music theme. Each card will be accompanied by a new dynamic music score written by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer – the man who delivered the unforgettable soundtracks to The Lion King, Gladiator and Inception, among dozens of other movies. The score features unprecedented, dramatic music with a unique percussion track inspired by fighters striking punching bags.

4. Punching up the lighting and production. The production crew for PBC created a dazzling circular array of high-definition LED screens and automated, intelligent lighting fixtures. These elements will give each fight a cinematic, big match feel while simultaneously creating an organic energy in the crowd, all with the goal of connecting the audience to the two gladiators in the ring and sweeping them up in the excitement.

5. Multi-channel experience. All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via TV Everywhere, giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPhone, and on select tablet devices within Google Play. NBC Sports Group will provide Spanish-language (SAP) audio for all live telecasts. In addition, NBC Universo, the modern general entertainment cable channel for Latinos, will televise encore presentations of select shows.

Tickets are available for PBC’s first-ever match taking place on Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the historic MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets start at $ 50 and are available through Ticketmaster.

The inaugural PBC fight will bring together four of the sport’s brightest stars for an unforgettable night of hard-hitting action and entertainment. Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. will co-headline the opening PBC event. Spike TV’s first PBC event will take place on Friday, March 13 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California and feature fighters Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia. CBS will air its first PBC event on Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m., featuring Adonis Stevenson vs. Sakio Bika.

Premier Boxing Champions upcoming schedule

Saturday, Mar 07

9 p.m. Eastern/ 6 p.m. Pacific

NBC

Thurman vs Guerrero and Broner vs Molina Jr.

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Friday, Mar 13

9 p.m. Eastern/ 6 p.m. Pacific

Spike TV

Berto vs Lopez and Porter vs Garcia

Ontario, California

 

Saturday, Apr 04

3 p.m. Eastern/ 12 p.m. Pacific

CBS

Stevenson Vs Bika

Location TBD

 

Saturday Apr 11

9 p.m. Eastern/ 6 p.m. Pacific

NBC

Garcia vs Peterson and Lee vs Quillin

Brooklyn, New York


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