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As a UFC fan in the United States, you know that you can generally head on down to your local Buffalo Wild Wings if you want to watch a pay-per-view event. But when it comes to Saturday's huge boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the high cost associated with showing the event in bars or restaurants is limiting how many places are actually going to air the fight. And one of the places that decided to pass on it for the most part was the aforementioned BBW.
Business Insider explains what was said on a confrence call by the COO:
"I think it's about $5,100 a restaurant and so we did not feel comfortable with the cost."
A few of their chains have decided to air it, but they will institute a 20 dollar cover charge.
Picking up the slack will be their competitor, Hooters. They're going to air the fight, but with a 30 dollar cover charge. Yikes.
It will obviously vary from place to place, but I live in Vancouver and it doesn't seem like a lot of bars here are going to be shelling out the money for the fight. I spoke to a couple of bar managers (hey, I was there anyway) and it was about $3,000 to order it for a mid-sized pub, which is a huge chunk of change for a small business. A bar attached to one of the major casinos in the city is airing it and due to the large number of seats in the place, he figured it would be well over $4,000. They aren't charging cover, but are instituting a policy where every patron has to spend at least 15 dollars on food or drinks.
Either way, it seems like it might not be the worst idea in the world to get a few friends together and order the PPV at home despite the high cost. If you're going to spend 15-30 bucks just to get in the bar to watch it anyway, it might not be worth it for some.