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WORDS OF INSPIRATION: When you cancel a show, it hurts the sport Print E-mail
Written by Nick Palmer   
Friday, 22 August 2014 09:17

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week Minnesota standout amateur fighter Nick "The Inspiration" Palmer is given a free pass to write about any topic, and he provides Minnesota MMA fans with an inside look into the world of fighting. Enjoy "Words of Inspiration.")

When a promoter cancels a show, there are right ways to go about it and there are wrong ways to go about it.

If you’re going to cancel a show, you should cancel it as soon as possible. You can’t sit, wait and not tell anyone that the show is going to be canceled.

There are way too many people involved in these events to wait until the last minute.

We have fighters who are out there training their asses off and promoting their upcoming bouts. The fighters have probably turned down other offers that came in as they were already scheduled to compete.

In some cases, they could be turning down a fight that’s on a bigger stage, too.

Professional fighters are probably counting on a payday, too. There are a lot of fighters that

the only thing they do for a living is fight. Some of these guys don’t make very much money working a regular 9-5. So if you cancel a show, you’re really just hurting the sport and taking money out of these young athletes' pockets.


That’s not good for anyone and especially not good for the sport.

You also have training partners in the gym, helping their teammates get ready, taking time away from home and their family to help them prepare. Time is probably the single most important and valuable thing in this world. Once you spend it, you can never get it back.

I know if I’m in the gym busting my ass by helping my teammate get ready and then the show ends up being canceled last minute, I’m going to be pissed, and I know my teammates will be, too.

Let’s not forget about all the fans who are making plans to attend these events.

The fans are the ones buying these tickets and they expect there to be a show. Fighters usually get a percentage from selling tickets, and if a show gets canceled, the fighter has to return that money to the fans.

Fighters often use the percentage they make off selling tickets to cover various training expenses, licensing fees, blood work, eye exams and gym dues. If your shows keep ending up being canceled, I can’t imagine the fans or fighters trusting you very much the next time you announce an event or ask them to fight on your shows.

I know if a promoter who is notorious for cancelling shows asks me to compete on their show, I probably won’t even take them or their offer seriously.

We need to create new fans and we also need to keep our old ones. If we are losing fans and not gaining new ones, that could be the beginning of the end for this sport. We can’t fight without fans being there buying tickets and supporting us.

Fighters and fans aren't the only ones who get screwed over when a show is canceled. What about all the judges, referees and doctors who are planning to work these events? How can you honestly think these guys are going to take you or your promotion seriously if you’re cancelling show after show?

If you’re only cancelling a show because you’re probably going to lose money, cancel it in a timely fashion if at all. If you’re a promoter, you can’t honestly expect that you’re going to make money at every event you put on. That’s just not a realistic way to think.

If your only goal is to make money at these shows, you might want to start looking at other avenues to create some income, because there really isn’t a lot of money in most of these events, especially if you’re not properly promoting the event.

It can’t always be about making money, ultimately that’s the promoter’s goal, but sometimes even a good promoter has to learn to take a hit.

There really isn’t anything good that can come from being an unreliable promoter. If you’re a promoter and you truly love this sport, start doing your job and make sure your events don’t end up being canceled.