TNA News REPORT: TNA considering taking Impact off the road, plus comments from Dixie Carter over past six months on Road TV tapings and financial implications
Sep 17, 2013 - 10:42:40 AM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Six months into TNA's run of taking Impact television on the road, the company is reportedly considering moving back to a one-location set-up.
According to Prowrestling.net, TNA has discussed moving to a permanent venue by early 2014. (TNA has a TV taping date at the end of this year scheduled for December 27 in Philadelphia.)
DotNet reports that cities being considered are Las Vegas and Orlando, which hosted Impact for eight years at Universal Studios. Returning to the Nashville Fairgrounds is also being considered, according to PWInsider.com.
The change back to a permanent location would be financially-driven. TNA president Dixie Carter told PWTorch in March that it could cost between $600,000-700,000 to run a live TV taping on the road when considering venue, talent, and production costs.
However, Carter said in the PWTorch Livecast interview that she felt like TNA was in a place where touring touring every other week would not put TNA in financial trouble.
"You’re just talking about every night you go out, I mean, it could be 600, 700 thousand dollars. That’s a lot of money," Carter said in March. "You multiply that out. It’s hard to make that up in ticket sales."
Carter continued: "So you don’t want to put yourself out of business. But the way you’re going out there, it’s not conservative, but it’s smart. Doing the two shows in one night, it’s gonna be a fast three hours of people’s time, and we get a few of those economies of scale. It’s just touring is an expensive proposition, especially when you’re touring 60 talent and 40 office people and 100 production people. It’s just, there’s a lot to it. It’s not even a concert where you have a singer and eight band members and production people."
Four months into TNA's current run of taking television on the road, Carter said in July that TNA is "exactly where it needs to be" after re-aligning the company's financial structure to support TV on the road.
Carter said in a letter published July 25: "This has been a big year for TNA. We took Impact Live on the road, exactly where it needs to be – where you’ve asked us to be – in your backyard. We also changed our Pay-Per-View schedule, shifting from 12 to four live Pay-Per-View events each year, in order to increase the value of these events for you. To grow TNA, these are moves that needed to be made. And, part of changes like this, includes structural changes within TNA to align with this new business model."
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