USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers and Josh Peter look ahead to what’s next for both fighters.
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LOS ANGELES — Conor McGregor isn’t the only one who took it on the chin Saturday.
Pay-per-view was dealt a heavy blow — though probably not a knockout — from live-streaming apps that are likely to only get more nimble before the next round.
Nearly 3 million people watched Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight for free on live streaming services, according to security firm Irdeto. Showtime, which broadcast the fight on its cable TV channel as well as its streaming pay-per-view site and via an app for $99, has not released audience numbers for the event.
The free broadcasts were simple: someone holding a smartphone in front of their TV screen and sharing paid event live on Facebook, Twitter’s Periscope, Instagram, YouTube and others.