Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jul 18, 2013
How Much It Costs TNA To Take iMPACT! On The Road

How Much It Costs TNA To Take iMPACT! On The Road

Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

At this time, it is currently costing TNA approximately $600,000 per taping to film iMPACT! Wrestling on the road. Due to these costs, this is the primary reason why TNA is facing some financial problems right now and why the promotion has been cutting costs.

In a recent interview, TNA President Dixie Carter noted that if TNA had taken iMPACT! on the road in earlier years it could have risked the future of the company and they likely would have been out of business by now. Unfortunately the decision to take the show on the road has not paid off in revenue or ratings.

The promotion has a commitment to tape on the road, and even if the company were to decide to return to taping the show in Orlando, FL, the Impact Zone is unavailable right now. Universal Studios currently has a new tenant in the former Impact Zone.

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28 Responses to “How Much It Costs TNA To Take iMPACT! On The Road”

  1. lee4tammy says:

    It would be cheaper and look better if they went to a small 3 thousand seat venue than an empty 10 thousand seat one

    • jbcissom says:

      I agree whole-heartedly. This is what made ECW. A packed house, albeit a small one, with a rabid fan-base. That could be TNA, they're just trying to grow too fast, too soon.

    • tna caput mundi says:

      like i said my formula is:

      1)less tour more live shows even in small places maybe a place for 3 or 4 months (so TNA will never lose national's appeal)
      2)more high flying action that captures casual viewers (someone could say in the past there was more x division but not greater ratings:the answer is simple: tna now has more spotlight and more years of experience)
      3)and more strong style it will catches ufc fans

      i dont wanna sound like a troll or a machine but i got to spread the word

  2. nicholal79 says:

    How much does TNA make for each Impact??? Like $60,000 if that much? That is what you call bleeding money!

    • jbcissom says:

      Just so you know… Even WWE doesn't make that much "at the gates". Both WWE and TNA get the majority of their revenues (as a single source) from their tv contracts.

      • nicholal79 says:

        WWE make an average of $30 per ticket if WWE packs an arena with 5000 paying people that would be $150,000! So, at a Raw on Monday WWE make more than $150,000 per RAW before their merchandise sales!

        • jbcissom says:

          Funny how all the wrestling websites just posted articles last week of WWE only bringing in on average just under $5k at their house shows and just under $10k at Smackdown.

        • NotCookz says:

          You seem to be forgetting the cost of hosting at an arena, lugging all of the stage equipment around, flying staff to and from, etc. Not to mention the percentage markup the arena takes too.

      • andy3323 says:

        Hey now, let's not let facts get in the way of a good, dreadful outlook that people enjoy dwelling on. 😉

        Where, exactly, do people get these facts and figures? Surely WWE and TNA don't let their accountants post their financial details for the world to see. I'm assuming we're working with estimates and numbers pulled from peoples…..well, you get the idea.

        • jbcissom says:

          Actually, because WWE is a publicly traded company, their financials must be made known to the shareholders. And apparently, some of those shareholders like to share that information.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            its amazing how some people don't understand that…the reason people can guess at TNA's numbers is because WWE does has to release numbers like this..people can do basic math and figure this stuff out.

  3. nate says:

    I believe Impact weekly should have been held at the Impact Zone permantely! Maybe once in a while take it on the road the week before a PPV!

    All PPV’s should be held on the road period! Also, Panda Energy who owns Impact should take some big money and lure some big names to their promotion! That may make a difference. Look what it did for WCW!

    • Bigmike885 says:

      the real lure of WCW was the lax schedule with HUGE pay..who would you recommend TNA try to get? Cena? Orton? Punk? Lesnar? aint happening. Batista? Nope..Golderberg..please..Also, a lot of big name wont go to TNA for one reason…Hogan..

    • OldManEaston says:

      THEY CANT! Did you miss that part of the article? TNA no longer has a contract with Universal Studios, and it should be pretty obvious why considering talk of the physical WWE HOF at Universal.

      As to the big names, ok that is a legit strategy, that worked for WCW….at least for a time until their crazy contract structures made it a money pit, but beyond the fact of bringing in big names to lure fans being a theoretical strategy, where are they going to come from, even if Panda was willing to spend the money? From WWE? How? We have a thing in US wrestling now called no compete clauses, which is a legacy of the Monday Night War. It is like Bret Hart said in Wrestling with Shadows, the last 60 days of your contract is enough to ruin your character. If TNA got a big signing like Punk, Orton or Cena, and it set of even a mini chain reaction where other guys trying to jump ship for bigger contracts, it would equal burial and a 90 day cooling off period before they went to TNA, where they claim they were sabotaged like Austin did in his ECW promos. It is a different wrestling world now, a corporate one, where the old dirty tricks barely apply anymore.

  4. Nova_numb says:

    I think you do like the places of old did…You got and buy yourself an arena…Bring back the Sportatorium feel of things. Heck we have sold well in Texas, so run in Texas every week…Or go upstate to New York where the fans have always been rabid for wrestling action. Get off the road…Set up your studios in your new arena…Do the new Asylum, and hype your big live PPVs a year as your shows on the road…The rest of time you are right there…Taping two shows every other week…Live show, taped show…Week off for talent…Live show/taped show…I think it would work and bring costs down…You own your building you aren't paying to rent out places anymore or shipping stuff all over the place.

  5. Mr. Excitement says:

    I remember everyone here complaining that TNA needs to take Impact on the road to boost ratings. I disagreed. Now that ratings haven't improved, what's the next magic formula?

    • pepsilover2008 says:

      Maybe it's time to just rent an arena much like the impact arena except somewhere that they can make money and have a wide variety of people can come in. I think central southern united states would draw enough.

  6. carlcarlson says:

    Being that TNA isn't a publicly traded company I don't know how anyone can know this also the fact that TNA is backed by panda energy makes always question these no money claims.

    • nicholal79 says:

      No multi-billion dollar company is going to lose millions of dollars a year.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        Correct, no company would ever be willing to sink money into a failing company. But seriously, who in TNA thought going on the road would be any different than last time? It was also far to costly, and will always be far to costly. I love TNA but they don't have enough of a fan base to ever draw enough people to the venues to really profit.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      1st off..just because they're "backed by panda energy" doesn't mean squat, if this faucet of the company isn't making money, not turning a profit, then there is NO money. WCW didn't once turn a profit until 1997…luckly Ted turner had a soft spot and kept dumping money into it, Will Dixies dad do the same thing? Who knows..Also, as I said above. Its not hard to guess these numbers…WWE has to release their numbers, so it just takes some simply math to figure out roughly how much TNA makes/doesn't make/spends on a show..

      • OldManEaston says:

        I have often said that TNA must have some magic revenue stream that doesn't apply to every other wrestling company in the world, because if you take into account now that they are a pretty big production company and the figures have barely changed (in some instances have even gotten worse), it is hard to even imagine how they are a profitable company. of course 1 dollar is technically profit and that is where it gets hazy with TNA. If we break down the major revenue streams for WWE compared to TNA, we can easily compare and guesstimate about TNA's in relation to WWE. It is obvious they are no where near WWE in any of them, but beyond that, it is simply hard to imagine how TNA is not operating in the red, given the cost of TV and PPV. Like I have said before and people get mad, tTNA's numbers are indie, but their budget and production certainly are not. It is simply hard to imagine where the money is coming from to stay afloat other than Panda.

  7. timmyland says:

    TNA is a tax write off for panda enegry

  8. hangers says:

    Another quality Hogan initiative..

  9. JoeWrestling says:

    The comments are kind of silly. 1 hour shows typically cost $800-$2 million an episode to produce. These costs are mostly paid by the network, obviously or they wouldn't exist. So $600,000 a taping doesn't mean TNA can't pay it, it just means they don't want to eat up their profits with something that doesn't make them more money. The comments "hard to imagine" seem odd, since all you have to imagine is Spike pays more per episode to them than it costs them to produce. Pretty easy to imagine.

  10. DiamondChampion says:

    Thinking that Spike pays a portion of the cost, whatever that maybe because I dont think its 1.2 mil a month. There is a Panda budget and a TNA budget. Those two are not one in the same, but some OE are taking by Panda. Its not like Dixie asks for more money all of the time. They're making a profit, its probably just gotten a bit smaller from traveling. Im sure at this point both TNA and Spike know that the ratings and advertising dollars are going to be about the same each week. With merchandising, house shows and BFG coming up, I think that TNAs cost cutting is part of a way to maximize profits from BFG and going into 2014.

  11. tna caput mundi says:

    I am noone (not aj) but i mean my formula is : MORE LIVE SHOWS(surprise in wrestling is fundamental)
    LESS TOUR(cutting cost) a NOISY PLACE may be 1place for 3 months (partecipation =much energy for westlers adn better show at home) MUCH MORE X DIVISION(wcw ecw pushed the high flying but for tna was the main point and now on with much more spotlight than the past it catches casual viewers ) MORE STONG STYLE LIKE JAPANESE HEAVY CHOPS AND KICKS( it will catches UFC fans)

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