Showtime hit with lawsuits over
Mayweather fight pay per view
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[August 29, 2017]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two U.S.
boxing fans have filed lawsuits against cable TV provider Showtime over
the quality of the livestream for the much-hyped weekend fight between
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
Two separate lawsuits, filed in Oregon federal court by Portland
resident Zack Bartel and by Victor Mallh in New York federal court, seek
class-action status for what they allege were failures in Showtime's
pay-per-view livestream of the match in Las Vegas.
Bartel and Mallh said they had paid $99.95 to Showtime to watch the
Bartel's unlawful trade practices lawsuit said that instead of being a
"witness to history" as promotions for the fight had promised, all he
saw was "grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls."
Mallh's breach-of-contract lawsuit said his service continually logged
out and when he was able to watch, "the pictures were delayed, cutting
out, or otherwise incomplete." Both are seeking jury trials.
Showtime, a unit of CBS Corp, said it could not comment on ongoing
Chris DeBlasio, senior vice president of sports communications at
Showtime, said, however, the network was offering limited refunds to
those who bought the fight through its pay-per-view app.
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Conor McGregor in action with Floyd Mayweather Jr. REUTERS/Steve
"While we at Showtime received a very limited amount of complaints,
we will issue a full refund to any customers who purchased the event
directly from Showtime and were unable to receive the telecast,"
Mayweather beat mixed martial arts champion McGregor in a 10th-round
technical knockout on Saturday in what was thought to be one of the
richest boxing matches of all time.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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