On the eve of one of the most anticipated boxing related press conferences in recent memory, The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir is reporting on certain details revolving around Al Haymon’s deal with NBC Sports Group that will be officially announced tomorrow.
Most are aware of Haymon’s plans to hold his first card on March 7th, with Goosen Promotions as the likely promoter. NBC will have little say as Haymon has purchased the time on the network and will be responsible for the cards.
NBC will broadcast 20 shows: 5 of them on prime time NBC, 6 will be on NBC on Saturday afternoon, and the remaining 9 will be on NBCSN.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not be associated with the deal from a competition standpoint, although his promotional outfit could play host for Haymon.
It is rumored that Adrien Broner will headline the March 7th card. Other fighters reportedly set to headline the NBC shows are Robert Guerrero, John Molina, Danny Garcia, and Lamont Peterson.
In this buy-time arrangement, Haymon Boxing will reportedly pay around $20M annually to feature shows on NBC and NBCSN. Sandomir reports that NBC will produce the shows while Al Michaels will host the NBC prime time shows with “Sugar” Ray Leonard playing analyst for some of the cards.