There's no additional fee for LTV (Lewis-Tyson Viewing) this weekend.
The first rebroadcast of the much anticipated Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson heavyweight championship bout will air tonight at 9:45 on HBO.
The fight, which took place in the southern ambience of Memphis a week ago, was a hit in attracting viewers, despite the steep $54.95 price tag. The highest grossing event in pay-per-view history resulted in a $103 million pay day. A total of 1.8 million buyers purchased the HBO/Showtime joint venture telecast.
The clash between Lewis, boxing's reserved, gentle giant, and Tyson, boxing's bad boy, didn't necessarily live up to its pre-fight hype. While it was intense, it won't be remembered as a legendary match. An eighth-round knockout of Tyson put an end to what many experts had scored as a one-sided fight favoring Lewis, the undisputed heavyweight champion.
But could a rematch be around the corner? After all, it was not the first, but the rematch between Tyson and Evander Holyfield that stood as the highest grossing pay-per-view event ($100 million) before Lewis-Tyson.
Furthermore, in a joint venture between HBO and Showtime, wouldn't they have worked out a deal where one of the cable stations would have the opportunity to rebroadcast the first fight and the other would rebroadcast the rematch? Showtime is not scheduled for a rebroadcast this weekend.
A rematch should not come as a surprise. After all, it's professional boxing, and there probably would be many who'd go for LTV II.
The two shows are nothing alike, yet they share something in common: They're worth watching.
Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the rest of the Winston Cup racers will have cameras and microphones installed in their cars. The extra NASCAR package, which is limited to cable subscribers and will cost $89 for the season, will not have any effect on race broadcasts on network television.
Buckeye promotions manager Kris Euler said Buckeye subscribers will be able to see the enhanced viewing of the Michigan 400 for free tomorrow.
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