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Another Yahoo hire?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    I don't disagree. But when Yahoo is spending a six-figure salary for a boxing/MMA reporter? Well, it becomes a coveted beat real quick, doesn't it?
  2. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    Keep grasping. You're trying to justify the sport's mainstream appeal. The fact is, Yahoo thinks it's important to pay a reporter major-market columnist money. Therefore, the beat should be a biggie in our world. The problem for me is that they went after a hack with a great knowledge of boxing rather than a great writer who could cover the sport falling out of bed because it's that easy.

    All of this adds up to money wasted for Yahoo. Just do yourself a favor and read Iole's work in the coming months. Keep asking yourself if he deserves six figures.
  3. i'm sure he'll be doing a lot of MMA coverage ... which, as everyone knows, is killing boxing right now. Granted, it sounds like UFC and this guy don't get along all that well. But it has to be at least 70-30 MMA to boxing because nobody is reading about boxing any more.
  4. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    And yet Yahoo springs for a trip to the Philippines to do a feature on Manny Pacquiao. As someone who follows boxing, I can justify that. Chances are, the person reading this thread has no clue who Manny Pacquiao is.
  5. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    Isn't that the point? How the hell am I supposed to know who someone is if nobody does the story?
  6. Moland Spring

    Moland Spring Member

    True. Given the state of our business, I would never fault a news outlet for spending a ton of money to travel for a feature just because it's an interesting story...
  7. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    Everyone's missing my point. I'm not criticizing Yahoo for covering the sport. I'm defending both that concept and the sport of boxing itself.

    So I'm not faulting Yahoo for spending the money. I laud it for that. I fault it for wasting money on a hack like Iole.

    So people respond with ignorant posts like "Who cares? It's just boxing." A lot of people might not care about that, but everyone interested in this profession should care about the sudden creation of a six-figure job.
  8. You have to think the popularity of MMA and UFC is going to lead to new jobs throughout the business.
  9. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    New jobs will be created to cover caged fighting? Good read on the state of the industry. ::)
  10. AThrowback

    AThrowback New Member

    Writer after writer. Amassing talent.
    It's just a matter of time before Dave Morgan goes after editors.
  11. sportsnut

    sportsnut Member

    Notice to yahoo reps, I want to writer about the pillow fighting league(http://www.canadapfl.com/) and the Lingerie Football League. (lingeriebowl.com) I am in LA so give me the LA Temptations.
  12. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    blonde: let me see if I understand. I say boxing is a bad beat. You call my statement ignorant, but then you said most editors don't devote any money or effort to boxing. That was my point - it's not a big beat at most papers. Boxing is a dying sport in the United States, and the only reason it has hung on this long is because there were a lot of old-time sports editors who hung onto the notion that the sport still mattered.

    When was the last time there was a big fight - I'm not talking about a championship fight but a boxing card which could fill half of a 15,000-seat arena in the San Francisco area. Or Salt Lake City. Or Seattle. Or Phoenix. Or Portland. All cities which support NBA franchises. That's my point. The sport is pretty much limited to Las Vegas and casinos on Indian reservations.
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