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Old 04-16-2009, 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Jason 16
the rest of the guys deserve the money more than him in stead of wasting it on frank give it to the other fighters
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Old 04-16-2009, 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Jason 16
yea why couldnt they just taken all but 30k from shamrock and spread it out to the other fighters evenly
Because it's Frank Shamrock's name that made the event what it was in the first place. If anything, Frank deserved MORE money.

The problem is too many hands in the pot, and it's not being controlled by the fighters. Now, granted, this was NOT a pay-per-view and Strikeforce is not nearly as popular as UFC, so obviously the overall numbers are going to be smaller. However, the scale is still pretty much the same as the UFC, maybe even a little better .

If you add up all the salaries for the night you get $633,445. You also have to figure that because it's not a PPV, the only immediate revenue they will generate from the event is by way of advertisers and ticket sales. I have no idea what the going rate for advertising is, but I am almost positive they would bring in enough in ad revenue to almost (if not completely) cover the cost of renting the venue. Then, you also have to take in to account that tickets are MUCH cheaper to Strikeforce than UFC, with some tickets as low as 20 or 30 dollars.

So, if you have an estimated 15,000 people, we can do a simple law of averages to figure that at an average ticket price of $50, they made about $750,000 not including merchandise or other extra ad revenue. Not even making a million bucks at the door but still paying your talent with 84% of your take? Thats actually not that shady, considering you still have to pay the production crews and other crap.

Now, lets compare that to say UFC 96 (i just thought of that at random). A little googling showed me this....

Here is the interesting part...
"The total base fighter payroll for the UFC 96 was $762,000. The 17,033 fans in attendance paid a collective $1.8 million to watch the festivities live."

$762,000 of $1.8 million = 42%, which is exactly HALF the margin of what Strikeforce paid it's people. So, who is really ripping the fighters off? The UFC, thats who. Because the UFC is ALWAYS on PPV which makes them a TON of money, and when they are on Spike that is cable TV which equals even MORE money in advertising. Showtime is a premium channel, so no commercials, but that also equal LESS ad money for Strikeforce when they are on that network.
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