Big three want more Champs tickets

first_imgWHILE there may be a shortage of grandstand tickets for Saturday for the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association-GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships, ISSA President Dr Walton Small has reiterated that there are more than enough for every other day of the event held inside the National Stadium.”ISSA has no issue with tickets, except for Saturday. We have ample tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We have ample tickets for the bleachers, and we encourage people to use the bleachers,” Small told The Gleaner following Friday evening’s RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.Small was responding to queries based on the complaints by a trio of old boys’ associations from Calabar High School, Jamaica College and Kingston College, known by the moniker ‘Three the Hard Way’.David Miller, president of the Calabar Old Boys’ Association; Dr Patrick Dallas, president of the Kingston College Old Boys’ Association; and Collin Greenland, treasurer of the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association, said they had concerns about the distribution of tickets for Champs last year.”There appears to be no structural way of dealing with tickets. Why should we, who spend $20 million per year preparing for Champs, be given the same number of tickets … . Why should (a school) who have no investment have the same talk,” said Miller.”We are not saying that we should get all of it. What we are saying is that what happened last year, something was not transparent about the allocation of tickets,” Dr Dallas added.The group said their organisation wanted more Champs tickets, but an email sent to Dr Small, requesting a meeting, had been met with a brusque reply that their concerns be directed to ISSA via the principals of their respective schools.”We feel disrespected because we didn’t get an audience. We don’t believe that we should go through our principals. We are an alumni association … not a sixth-form association,” said Dr Dallas.Dr Small said there was no intent to be disrespectful.”It’s unfortunate that they view it that way. We (ISSA) cater to a variety of organisations and if every organisation demands that they want to meet with us, you can see what would happen. The structure at ISSA – once it’s coming from schools – we refer everything through the principals. It does not matter what it is,” he said.The Old Boys’ group pointed out that collectively, they invest as much as $45 million towards the development of their respective schools’ athletes.”Our three schools together are a huge part of the following for Champs. It is no coincidence that KC, Calabar and JC, between them, have won over 90 per cent of the Champs,” Dr Dallas added.Greenland noted that their schools helped to make Champs what it is.”The day would never come when we would withdraw from Champs because we cherish the thing, but there really wouldn’t be a Champs without one of these schools,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr Small said subsequent to the group’s meeting with The Gleaner, he had got approval from his board to meet with them.He also added that the window for Champs tickets is opened at the end of football season. Requests are taken via email.He said the demand was overwhelming, and pointed out that the grandstand seats only 5,000 persons.”After we give our sponsors and special guests, all we have are 2,000 tickets to sell. Unless they expand the stadium, we will not be able (to accommodate more) and, therefore, we encourage people to come and use the bleachers. That is where I stay. Come and share time with the president in the bleachers,” Dr Small said.last_img read more

Semi-final day in Bell KO

first_imgPaul Young’s Waterhouse have their sights set on retaining the Locker Room Sports/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout Trophy and will meet August Town in the opening game of a semi-final double-header at Harbour View Stadium today at 6 p.m.In the second match, five-time winners Arnett Gardens tackle neighbouring Boys’ Town in a Trench Town derby at 8 p.m.The winners of both games will contest the final scheduled for March 3 at a venue to be named.Despite struggling in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Waterhouse have won both games in this season’s Corporate Area knockout competition and are highly fancied to beat Super League contenders August Town on their way to the final.Waterhouse reached the last four by knocking out Cavalier 2-0 last Thursday night at the Constant Spring Complex. Arnett beat Harbour View 7-6 in a penalty shootout after both teams battled to a 0-0 scoreline at the completion of regular and extra time in the late game.”We are the defending champions and we treat each opponent the same way regardless of the league they compete in,” Young told the Sunday Gleaner.”Our aim has always been to retain the title and now we are two wins away from that objective,” he added. “My hope is that the team will continue to display good football, and score goals, and win the games,” Young concluded.To achieve victory, Waterhouse will look to veteran Kevin Lamey, new recruit Devon Hodges, as well as captain Hughan Gray and Nicholy Finlayson.Although it will be a big task for August Town, it is not impossible.”We want to give account of ourselves, and then live with the result,” coach of August Town Omar Stanley said.August Town will rely on Atapharoy Bygrave, who scored a wonderful goal in his team’s 1-0 win against Real Mona in the quarter-final match last Tuesday at Constant Spring.In the clash of the RSPL teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys’ Town should have a close contest.TIGHT ENCOUNTERAndrew Price, the coach of Boys’ Town, expects a tight encounter.”I’m looking forward to the game as once it is a Trench Town derby, we will come out motivated and hope to put Arnett under pressure,” he said.Boys’ Town’s leading players include Michily Waul, Daemion Benjamin, Kirk Porter and Shamar Nicholson.On the other hand, Jerome Waite of Arnett Gardens FC says it will be another interesting clash between the teams.”Well, Boys’ Town always come out with their ‘A’ game. It will be a competitive and physical game. It is a Trench Town derby. The Jackie Bell is very important, so we want to win the title,” Waite said.Arnett’s main players include captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm.last_img read more

Fontainbleu the right fit for Ali Baba

first_imgThis year’s 2000 Guineas winner ALI BABA reports well-refreshed from a three-month absence and should win the Fontainbleu Trophy open allowance feature over 1500 metres at Caymanas Park today.Interestingly, ALI BABA, from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, is one of four classic winners this season vying for top honours in a 14-horse field. The others are the 1000 Guineas winner PUDDY POOH, Oaks heroine MOM’S STUDENT, along with SUPERLUMINAL who scored a huge upset in the July 4 St Leger over the distance.All four have trained well in preparation for this race, but the Harry Parsad-trained SUPERLUMINAL obviously needs it longer, and Parsard will be looking more to his proven campaigner PETE’SWILDONE with in-form Wesley Henry aboard to take home the bacon.The two three-year-old fillies PUDDY POOH and MOM’S STUDENT were not disgraced behind the speedy FORTUNEONEHUNDRED on September 12 in the Saint Cecelia Cup over 1300 metres and should give good account of themselves, but neither was as good as ALI BABA during the three-year-old campaigns and with the likes of two-time Gold Cup winner COMMANDING CHIEF under returning champion jockey Dane Nelson, UNCLE TAF, and FRANFIELD present, they cannot be given the edge.Back-to-back winsIndeed, ALI BABA scored back-to-back fast-time wins (1:31.1) over this trip early in the season before winning the Ash Wednesday Trophy over 1300 metres in a fast 1:18.3 in March. He then beat subsequent derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM in the 2000 Guineas on Easter Monday, clocking a fast 1:37.4 for a mile, and although beaten going two turns n both the derby and St Leger, is more adept at middle distances, and this should manifest itself today.Although racing for the first time since his close fourth to SUPERLUMINAL in the St Leger on July 4, ALI BABA has been taken to task at exercise by DaCosta, turning in bullet work after bullet work. The 3-y-o cot by Fearless Vision out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’ Ahwhofah obviously has the class to topple this field, and having secured a favourable draw on the outside, will not be easily denied with 51.0kg and in-form stable jockey Robert Halledeen aboard.Other firm fancies on the 11-race programme are FORCE DE JOUR to make it five in a row in the 10th race over 1300 metres for the Cecil C. Charlton Memorial Trophy; REGALLY BOLD in the ninth; JESSE’S FAVORITE in the sixth; and PERFECT FLYER in the eighth.last_img read more

Victory at last for West Indies on Sri Lanka tour

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Seam bowlers Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul shared seven wickets to propel West Indies to a 23-run victory over Sri Lanka in their second Twenty20 international on Wednesday and draw the two-match series 1-1.West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first, posting 162 for six in their 20 overs. Denesh Ramdin made 34 not out, while Johnson Charles was out for 34.Lasith Malinga and Milinda Siriwardana took two wickets each for Sri Lanka.In reply, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 139 in the last ball of the match. Tillakaratne Dilshan made a second straight half-century and was out for 52.Bravo returned career-best bowling figures with 4-28, surpassing his 4-38 against India six years ago. Rampaul had 3-20.It was West Indies’ only win on this tour, after losing every match in the Test and one-day international series.AGGRESSIVEBATTINGSri Lanka started their batting aggressively – at nearly 10 runs an over – until fast bowler Jerome Taylor removed Kusal Perera for 12, caught by Bravo with the score on 23.The wicket was followed by the best partnership of the innings, with 70 runs off 60 balls between Dilshan and Shehan Jayasuriya.It took a stunning effort by Andre Russell, who ran across to long-on to take a low catch by diving to his left, to break the partnership. It was Bravo’s first wicket and it proved to be the turning point in the game.Jayasuriya scored 30 off 32 balls, including a six and three boundaries, but Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed for one.52 OFF 38 DELIVERIESDilshan, who looked in imperious form, played a well-timed switch-hit to deep square leg – only to find substitute fielder Jason Holder positioned there to take a high catch.Dilshan made 52 off 38 deliveries, hitting five boundaries, having scored 56 in the first match in Pallekele on Monday.Dilshan’s wicket left Sri Lanka four down for 102 and Angelo Mathews (5), Siriwardana (15), Chamara Kapugedera (2), Sachithra Senanayake (3) were all dismissed cheaply.Earlier, West Indies batsman Ramdin top-scored with an unbeaten 34 off 22 balls to lift his team’s total after a midway slump. Charles also made 34, including three sixes and a boundary, while Bravo added 31.Malinga returned two for 16 in four overs, while Siriwardana had two for 17 in three overs.Bravo was named Man of the Match, while Dilshan was named Man of the Series.SCOREBOARDWest IndiesAndre Fletcher lbw b Siriwardana 23Johnson Charles lbw b Siriwardana 34Marlon Samuels run out 1Dwayne Bravo c Mathews b Malinga 31Andre Russell c Chandimal b Chameera 9Denesh Ramdin not out 34Kieron Pollard b Malinga 5Darren Sammy not out 1 2Extras: (6lb, 7w) 13Total: (for 6 wickets) 162Overs: 20Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-65, 3-75, 4-97, 5-138, 6-147.Did not bat: Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampaul.Bowling: Lasith Malinga 4-0-16-2 (1w), Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-22-0 (1w), Sachithra Senanayake 3-0-38-0, Dushmantha Chameera 3-0-36-1 (3w), Milinda Siriwardana 3-0-17-2 (2w), Shehan Jayasuriya 3-0-27-0.Sri LankaKusal Perera c Bravo b Taylor 12Tillakaratne Dilshan c Sub. Jason Holder b Rampaul 52Shehan Jayasuriya c Russell b Bravo 30Dinesh Chandimal c Sub. Jonathan Carter b Rampaul 1Angelo Mathews c Sub. Carter b Bravo 5Milinda Siriwardana st. Ramdin b Narine 15Chamara Kapugedara c Charles b Pollard 2Sachithra Senanayake c Pollard b Bravo 3Nuwan Kulasekara c Narine b Bravo 4Lasith Malinga b Rampaul 2Dushmantha Chameera not out 3Extras: (1b, 4lb, 2nb, 3w) 1 0Total: (all out) 139Overs: 20.Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-93, 3-94, 4-102, 5-117, 6-126, 7-129, 8-133, 9-135, 10-139.Bowling: Sunil Narine 4-0-24-1 (1w), Ravi Rampaul 4-0-20-3, Jerome Taylor 2-0-22-1 (1w), Kieron Pollard 4-0-23-1 (1w), Darren Sammy 2-0-17-0, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-28-4 (2nb).Toss: Won by West Indies.Result: West Indies win by 23 runs.Series: Two-match series drawn 1-1.Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz and Raveendra Wimalasiri, Sri Lanka.Third Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka. Match referee: David Boon, Australia.last_img read more

SOUTHAMPTON VS MAN CITY

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)FORSTER, MARTINA, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND,CLASIE, WANYAMA,MANE, LONG, TADIC,PELLEBONY, AGUERO,NASRI, FERNANDO, DELPH, NAVAS,KOLAROV, MANGALA, OTEMANEDI, ZABALETA, HART CITY (4-4-2)On Tuesday, Manchester City held Real Madrid to a creditable goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and now go to Spain for the return knowing a 1-0 win will take them to their first ever final at San Siro in Milan, Italy.Both teams are in fine form in the Barclays Premier League. Southampton have won four and drawn one of their last six while City have won five and drawn two of their last eight.Saints won 4-2 at relegated Aston Villa last weekend and remain in eighth place. City beat Stoke 4-0 last time out in the league and moved into third spot ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.Sergio Aguero scored a penalty against Stoke and now has 22 goals in his last 21 Premier League appearances, including seven in his last five games.Aguero has now netted in five consecutive Premier League games for the fourth time in his career (also November 2013, January 2014 and May 2015).City beat Saints 3-1 at the Etihad in November and, on their last visit to Southampton they won 3-0 despite having Eliaquim Mangala sent off.That was the latest of five City wins in the Premier League at Southampton in 11 visits. They drew four more and have lost there just twice, most recently three years ago.Southampton are relatively healthy, missing only Charlie Austin and Florin Gardos. City, meanwhile, test Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure, who both missed the draw against Real on Tuesday.last_img read more

Kidney Support seeks dialysis machine from Astra Run

first_imgThe Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) have joined forces to stage the Astra Run (5K run/walk), which will take place on Saturday, September 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m at the Police Officers Club on Hope Road, and ending there.The launch took place on Thursday y at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.The Astra Run will be a night event for the first time since the organisations came together last year to stage their 5K Run/Walk.Chavez Foster of the organising committee detailed the route, which will see patrons starting at Police Officers’ Club, then turn left onto Hope Road, left onto Trafalgar Road, across Lady Musgrave Road onto Downer Avenue, onto Old Hope Road, left onto Windsor Avenue, left onto Fairway Avenue, left onto Lady Musgrave Road, then left onto Hope Road and head down to the finish at Police Officers’ Club.Dr. John McFarlane, chairman of the KSFJ, said part proceeds will be used to assist the Kingston Public Hospital to purchase a dialysis machine and to cover the cost of educating the public on the proper kidney health.Also, part proceeds will be used to help purchase a ventilator for the University Hospital of the West Indies, especially in light of the Zika and the health issues associated with the virus.Matthew Williams, who has been living with the end stage kidney disease since age 12, spoke about the difficulty of living with the disease, noting that he tries as best as possible to be positive. He plays sports, especially basketball, and is in his final year of studies as a pharmacy technician.Williams currently attends KPH on Tuesdays and Fridays to be dialysed for four hours each session.Numerous prizes will be on offer, with competitors battling in several categories, including the top three male and female finishers, youngest and oldest finisher, largest group, best dressed group and age groups up to 19, 20-30, 31-50, plus 50 and over).Sponsors include Wata, Wata wid Wow, Tapioca Village, Hot off the Press, CVM, Klas ESPN, Power 106, Music 99, Gleaner, KSAC, NWA, Organo Gold, Palace Amusement Company, Emfatic Disco Hyundai Motors (for pace car) and Spanish Court Hotel.last_img read more

Van Niekerk aims at Bolt record – Jamaican sprint legend says he can achieve mark

first_imgWayde van Niekerk shocked the world with his record run of 43.03 seconds in the 400 metres at the Olympics. Now, the speedy South African has his eye on another record, the 200-metre standard held by Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt None other than Bolt himself says van Niekerk could possibly better his mark of 19.19 seconds. “My dream is try to get where Usain Bolt is in 200m,” Van Niekerk said in comments noted on the website of US television station NBC. “He’s a massive inspiration and motivation for me to improve myself because I know it is possible,” said the 24-year-old South African. Asked by Tim Leyden of Sports Illustrated whether van Niekerk could break his 200m world record, the Jamaican estimated: “If he can clean up his technique on the corner, maybe he can do it.” The South African’s personal best for the 200 metres is 19.94 seconds. In fact, he was more of a sprinter before injuries forced him to move up to the 400 metres. “I hate the 400m,” he said to France’s Le Figaro, who provided an English transcript of the interview to NBC. “I hate it because I know what it does to my body, but I love it for what it does for my life.” He collapsed after winning the World Championship 400m last year and had to be carried off the track.last_img read more

Sharpe happy for VMBS Youth Award

first_imgJamaica’s junior tri-athlete, Llori Sharpe, says her ambition is to represent the nation at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.”My ultimatum is to make the next Olympic Games and represent the country in the triathlon,” Sharpe told The Gleaner after she copped the Victoria Mutual Building Society Youth Award at the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2016 Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston last Friday.”It was very surprising when I saw my face on the screen. I immediately realised that people are taking notice,” she said in response to being awarded the VMBS Award.Sharpe, who is a 16-year-old St Andrew High School fifth-form student, came to prominence after she finished 18th of 56 competitors in action last September, at the World Junior Championships in Mexico.She completed the 750 metre swim in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, the 20 kilometres bike race in 34 minutes and 38 seconds and the 5K run in 21 minutes and 40 seconds. It was the first time that Jamaica was sending a representative to the event and Sharpe was the only competitor from the Caribbean.Sharpe started in the sport as a 15 year-old in 2015.”I started as a swimmer, also did long-distance running and took on cycling. Now, I am very serious about triathlon,” she said.last_img read more

Solid debut for KaTropa

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “To be honest, we didn’t really know what to expect going into the game because, of course, we prioritized rest over practice,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose team lost to San Miguel Beer in six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.“And we really didn’t know what to expect from our import. But I think the earlier we could learn to play with each other, and with the import, the better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Star also had little trouble in prolonging another team’s misery as it frustrated Alaska, 101-92, in the other game.The Hotshots improved to 2-0 while extending Alaska’s losing streak to 11 games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—TNT didn’t begin the PBA Governors’ Cup as early as the other teams but it went straight to work in turning back Kia, 106-96, Friday at Ynares Sports Centre here.The KaTropa started their conference more than a week after the Governors’ Cup opened and immediately tacked on a 1-0 card while the Picanto languished at the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Air Force eyes semis anew Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Malcolm Hill had a team-high 28 points to lead the Hotshots while Paul Lee added 18 points and five assists.Despite playing its first game, TNT KaTropa’s control of the game never seemed to be in peril.Although TNT lost a 12-point lead, 95-83, when Kia mounted an 8-1 run to cut the margin to 96-91 at the 3:40 mark of the fourth, the Texters were quick to regain control of the situation.TNT built another double-digit lead, 104-94, when Troy Rosario converted on a breakaway layup with 1:09 left in the game.Michael Craig made a splash in his first game in the conference with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead TNT while Rosario finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone

first_imgThat’s largely because the matchup will likely cross over from being just a sporting event to a party night.“We have definitely seen massive general market interest in addition to the sports fan,” said Stephen Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime, which will televise the fight. “These general market viewers are often not part of the audience for even the biggest combat sports event. So the ceiling is pretty high.”Espinoza said the very nature of the fight — a matchup between a UFC star who has never boxed as a pro against one of the greatest fighters of his time — will drive the pay-per-view sales.“We believe this is an unprecedented event, quite frankly no one knows what to expect,” he said. “The element of these two outspoken personalities in one unprecedented event is compelling.”An early indication of interest in the fight is the massive betting both in Nevada and in other places where it is legal. Bookmakers say it will be the biggest bet fight ever, with an overwhelming number of the early tickets on McGregor to pull an upset.Still, there are plenty of tickets left in the arena itself, where prices originally ranged from $2,500 in the upper sections to $10,000 at ringside. Ticket prices have been dropping in the resale market — with some available for less than $1,300 on Tuesday — and are expected to decline more in the days before the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “It’s a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors,” said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. “People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time.”Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn’t be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The fight will also be seen by millions more worldwide, with promoters claiming it will be available either online or on a TV screen to more than 1 billion homes in 200 different countries.“If you are in Manhattan or you are on a desert island somewhere, if you have Wi-Fi, you can buy this fight,” promoter Dana White said. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ This July 13, 2017 photo shows Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor, of Ireland, facing each other for photos during a news conference at Barclays Center in New York. So far fans aren’t exactly storming the box office to buy tickets for Mayweather Jr.’s fight next month with McGregor. A check online Saturday, July 29, 2017 revealed hundreds _ even thousands _ of seats still available from Ticketmaster at the T-Mobile arena for the Aug. 26 fight. There are so many open seats that fans with enough room left on their credit cards can buy six tickets together in 162 different spots throughout the arena. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test Each pay-per-view sale means more money in the wallets of both fighters. Though estimates vary widely, Mayweather is expected to make some $200 million, while McGregor will likely pocket at least $100 million.Though ticket sales have been slow in Las Vegas — largely because of astronomical prices — the fight is shaping up as must-see TV at a price of $99.95. People are expected to buy the fight in record numbers, with many sharing the cost of the telecast with friends and family they invite over.Taffet said people will treat it much like a Super Bowl by getting together in larger numbers than usual.“I think this is first and foremost a television event,” said Taffet, who oversaw 190 pay-per-views in his career at HBO. “The success of this fight in the financial record books of history will be made on pay-per-view. And I believe it’s going to deliver.”Industry observers say it’s hard to judge how many homes will buy a pay-per-view until the day of the fight many times, as people often buy late. But the anecdotal evidence — primarily the chatter on social media — indicates a good likelihood of it smashing the 4.6 million record of pay-per-view sales set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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