Wilder vs Fury 2 free streaming: Finally!
Illegal streams beware.
(Image above courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions)
Fortunately, Premier Boxing Champions has apparently sent a DMCA (Copyright) Complaint to Google on 44 illegal streaming sites (as of 3:37PM ET) that have subsequently been removed from Google's search results.
This should happen for every high-profile fight card instead of the occasional superfight card, like Wilder vs Fury 2.
Live illegal online streams and copyrighted content posted on sites like YouTube immediately after a boxing PPV event have undoubtedly cost the sport millions of dollars because the policing of such activity, by the promoters and networks, has been poor (until now, hopefully).
And sadly, many of these so-called boxing fans who engage in these "acts of theft" are not only breaking the law, they are creating an unhealthy climate for the sport they supposedly love.
They would expect payment for services they provide so why can't they pay for services others provide?
Everyone thinks,"The fight card won't miss my measly $79.99."
The problem is millions of these entitled fans are thinking the same way so the promotion, including the fighters who work their butts off, are cheated by entitled people who think, for whatever reason, they should be exempt from paying for a service.
Hackers - The enemies of the sport and its fans
Hackers shamelessly - and illegally - stream and rebroadcast copyrighted content not because they are fight fans and want as many people as possible to partake in the entertainment; They do it 1) To make money via the ads showcased with that stolen content and 2) to [sometimes] attempt to infect users' computers with malware via malicious pop-ups and deceptive links when users frequent their sites to access the video.
Essentially, online pirates make money off the blood, sweat and tears of the fighters, managers and promoters and then, depending on the medium, attempt to infect users with viruses so they can, again, illegally generate revenue by compromising people's credit information or stealing their identity.
Those who engage in online piracy benefit unscrupulous thieves, not the sport and certainly not the fighters.
How does this hurt the sport?
Pirating diminishes the value of big fights because the fighters, managers and promoters earn less for their work because a certain percentage of viewers aren't paying for the product. As a result, some match-ups don't come to fruition because the projected revenue doesn't meet the minimum expectations of the parties involved.
And, usually, the fans who complain about certain match-ups not being made are the ones who want a freebie anyway.
People pay for groceries... They pay to go to a movie theatre... They pay for rock concerts.... Why should boxing be any different?
Secondly, lower-than-expected PPV numbers give the public, including fans, promoters and fighters, a false perception of the sport's thriving popularity. For example, let's say there are only 225K PPV buys for an event.... A week or two later you'll see upwards of 10 million views for that (illegally) re-broadcasted content on YouTube, whether it's in its entirety or in highlight form.
A lot of people were interested after all!
What if someone can't afford $79.99?
If the Fury vs Wilder 2 fee is too pricey for some, those fans should pay a small entrance fee to watch it at a local restaurant or bar broadcasting the event (such as Buffalo Wings or Hooters), or invite a friend over and split the cost. At least they'd still be contributing to the event and not aiding and abetting illegal activity that threatens to undermine boxing.
Advice for promoters
It might be worth it to pay someone $30K/yr for them to spend 20-30 hours hours per week sniffing out and reporting illegal activity (as it relates to that promoter's events) on Google, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and other mediums where illegal activity can fester. You won't stop everyone but can make online illegal streams more difficult to access. And maybe more people will pay for the event because a free streaming service won't be readily accessible.
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