Alex Massie

Comparative advantage: fight writing edition

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So, the New York Times has not even mentioned tonight's Hatton-Mayweather fight, far less run a piece on it. Not even in a Sport in Brief column. Doubtless some people will argue that this confirms boxing's eclipse; I'd suggest it's evidence of the New York Times' irrelevance. Sure, I'd also say that the Times is failing the average, casual sports fan (but then its sports section does that on a daily basis anyway, so why be surprised?) but that's a question for the Times not me.

But it's not really a problem: Google News aggregates all the fight news you could hope for, including views from more than a dozen specialist boxing sites. And since, as best I know, the NYT doesn't have a must-read boxing writer, their failure to cover the fight scarcely matters beyond the extent to which it damages their jealously-guarded-but-unsustainable image as the paper of record.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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