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Oregon Man Sues Showtime For Bungled Mayweather VS. McGregor Fight Streaming


Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, fights Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, fights Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.

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Some fans called it the fight of the decade. Others called it an over-hyped cash grab.

But an Oregon man has another term for this month’s Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor boxing match: ripoff.

In a class action lawsuit filed Monday, Portland resident Zack Bartel said he felt “extreme disappointment and frustration” as he tried to watch undefeated boxer Mayweather take on mixed martial artist McGregor using Showetime’s app on an Apple TV.

The lawsuit claims that Bartel and thousands of other customers “quickly learned that [Showtime’s] system was defective and unable to stream the Mayweather fight in HD as defendant had advertised.”

Bartel’s lawsuit provides screenshots of low-resolution images and error messages he allegedly experienced while trying to watch the Aug. 26 fight, which Mayweather won in a Round 10 TKO.

Bartel said he paid $99 to stream the fight and was prevented from being a “witness to history” by the problems.

He also included screenshots of several Twitter users who claimed to be having similar issues with the app.

Showtime issued a statement Monday denying widespread problems.

“We have received a very limited number of complaints and will issue a full refund for any customer who purchased the event directly from Showtime and were unable to receive the telecast,” Showtime’s Chris DeBlasio told The Hollywood Reporter.

Oregon attorneys Michael Fuller and Mark Geragos, who are representing Bartel, dispute Showtime’s claims that the problems were limited. Instead, they said in court documents that the network botched the streaming service as it rushed “in hopes of maximizing profits.”

“Defendant rushed its pay-per-view streaming service to market, without securing enough networking bandwidth to support the number of subscribers who paid to watch the fight,” the lawsuit stated.

Bartel’s attorneys cite the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act — as well as thousands of alleged sales of the pay-per-view in Portland — as grounds for the class action status of the lawsuit.

They said they hope to recover “actual damages or $200 statutory damages, whichever is great” for class action members.

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