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District judge sends Mayweather-McGregor PPV lawsuit to arbitration

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We are just three months removed from the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight and the shock waves are still being felt.

After a lawsuit was brought against Showtime following the Aug. 26 boxing match due to pay-per-view (PPV) outages and untimely delays, Denise Cote, a U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of New York, has ordered the class-action cases to arbitration (h/t MMAjunkie).

Cote concluded that the plaintiff, Victor Mallh, understood the agreement he was getting into with Showtime when he accepted the terms and services prior to purchasing the PPV, thus prohibiting him from taking Showtime to court.

“Because notice of the arbitration clause and class-action waiver was reasonably conspicuous and Mallh unambiguously manifested assent, Showtime’s motion to compel arbitration is granted,” wrote Cote.

Given the magnitude and overwhelming build-up of McGregor’s showdown with the undefeated Mayweather, Showtime, along with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), were bound to run into some technical difficulties. Mallh and other plaintiffs filing their own lawsuits argued that Showtime and company made massive amounts of money off Mayweather vs. McGregor despite delivering a poor product (in this case, one that couldn’t be watched).

While angered fight fans like Mallh are left to squabble with Showtime in arbitration, the promotional parties involved in creating Mayweather vs. McGregor will continue to count their huge earnings.

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