Bam, Whack, Pow
Burton S. Blumert
by Burton S. Blumert
a startling piece of investigative journalism, Jack Newfield (New
York Post: March 20, 2000) reveals that the so-called "sport
of boxing" is corrupt. Reeling from that shock, the reader
braces himself for the next revelation: the New York State Athletic
Commission (supposedly boxingís watchdog) is a "cesspool of
patronage and incompetence."
hard-hitting exposť is what Pulitzer Prizes are made of, and itís
rumored Newfieldís next explosive piece will disclose that New York
City has a traffic problem.
has also drawn the attention of political heavyweights. Senator
John McCain (R-AZ), before he adopted campaign finance reform as
his mantra, was urging federal guidelines to govern the sport. There
was even a movement afoot to make McCain US Boxing Czar.
you bozos, leave boxing alone.
is a refreshing quality about the world of boxing and the commissions
that govern it. The corruption is pure and unadulterated.
road to ascendancy in the world of boxing has no moral detours.
For those who rise to the top, a stretch at Sing Sing is more valued
than an Ivy League degree (and the alumni connections more useful).
A murder indictment is equivalent to a graduate degree (see the
bio of impresario Don King).
is no waste of resources in locating members for the athletic commission.
The marketplace assigns a dollar value on each appointment and the
only concern is that the bills are unmarked.
with every facet of the sport, money drives the engine. However,
when money isnít enough to get the desired result, violence is employed
quickly and efficiently (usually outside the ring).
is unknown in the world of boxing. Who cares about the stumble-bums
the state agency is supposed to be protecting? Victims-schmictims.
"Letís get ready to rumble," as the man says.
the charge that boxing is just as phony as wrestling, I submit that
that observation is rubbish. Wrestling makes a mockery of such noble
American traditions as fixing the outcome, and where boxing involves
true violence, wrestling simulates it with ketchup and break-away
the New York State Athletic Commission should be a model for all
government agencies. No political correctness, no transparent efforts
to appear judicious, and a disdain for the art of subtlety.
by the way the taxpayers manage to get a few laughs for their money.
was owner of Camino Coins, president of the Center for Libertarian
Studies, chairman of the Mises Institute, publisher of LewRockwell.com,
and the author of Bagels,
Barry Bonds, & Rotten Politicians.
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