Is it time for Matchroom to go to smaller venues?

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by Mazza, Nov 13, 2023.



It is time for Matchroom to go to smaller venues?

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  1. Mazza

    Mazza New Member banned Full Member

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    Since the DAZN move their crowds have clearly been much smaller, and looks like it's getting worse.

    I know Eddie Hearn likes the 'look and feel' of the big venues.

    But really it's not a good look to be curtaining off so many big venues, I think it'd be better to have a packed out small arena.

    The fight at the weekend in Newcastle was shocking and a new low, looked like their was only about 30 people left in the crowd for the main event! I think it's time for Eddie to swallow his pride and admit defeat to keeping the big venues.
     
  2. Degale

    Degale Active Member Full Member

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    Yep , leaving sky has definitely effected ticket sales and hype.

    Some my mates who are quite casual fans never talk about matchroom shows anymore unless it’s AJ.
     
  3. Bfcad

    Bfcad Active Member Full Member

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    No, definitely not, I hope they keep their delusional outlook booking these large arenas. Me & my mates have never had it so good, almost every show they have done has ended up on seat filler sites as they haven't come close to selling out.

    Wood vs Lara 1 in Nottingham is the only show any of us have paid money for, the rest have all been free giveaways and collectively we've done half a dozen shows this year - only need beer money for a night out now, long may it continue
     
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  4. tee_birch

    tee_birch Boxing Addict Full Member

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    This is a massive factor. Sky sports news, soccer Saturday etc gets the eye balls and having it on the tele and not an app or a random channel makes it extremely niche.
     
  5. Bfcad

    Bfcad Active Member Full Member

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    Careful, you will stir up the village idiots - according to them 'no one watches sky sports anymore innit'
     
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  6. Puroresu_Fan

    Puroresu_Fan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    No as there are not enough good smaller venues for TV. Peple's do not buy tickets for the these smaller shows based on whether they say said the show advertised on sky sports.

    Boxxer do not sell more tickets being on sky sports.
     
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  7. sniffmybadger

    sniffmybadger Relationships are not my forte Full Member

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    Promotional wars aside, I love small hall shows. Brilliant to go to, doesn't make it a bad TV experience. If they had a good domestic dust-up at York Hall every week, I'd be very happy.
     
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  8. Wizbit1013

    Wizbit1013 Prayed for Shadow,Waste of time,Still a nincompoop Full Member

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    Did you see any Boxxer shows before they were on Sky?

    They clearly do although they have squandered the chance to be a lot bigger on more than a few occasions
     
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  9. Bfcad

    Bfcad Active Member Full Member

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    So promotion, advertisement and visibility of your product don't help sell it?! Brilliant stuff. Do you offer crash courses in Business & Marketing? Where do we sign up
     
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  10. Wig

    Wig Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Didn’t they put that show on in a hotel breakfast room recently? Complete with hot buffet self service tables in the background.

    They’re not going to get much smaller than that.
     
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  11. nurological

    nurological Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Does Frank have the copper box locked down? Great boxing venue and matchroom should do shows there. A Packed out copperbox is great
     
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  12. tee_birch

    tee_birch Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Boxxer isn’t run by Hearn. Shalom is a pale imitation. Hearn is a great salesman but does far better on a mainstream platform
     
  13. Puroresu_Fan

    Puroresu_Fan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Not when the show is driven by fighters selling tickets or the hard core boxing fan.

    The standard sky sports viewer doesn't see an advert for a next gen show and thinks "I want to be there"

    I used to work in marketing and it does not matter how much promotion a niche product gets, it still remains niche.
     
  14. Puroresu_Fan

    Puroresu_Fan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Doesn't matter when you are getting a healthy site fee to negate costs otherwise spent.
     
  15. Puroresu_Fan

    Puroresu_Fan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I meant Boxxer do not sell more tickets than matchroom even though boxer has Sky Sports.