Originally Posted by fatcity
I am certain this still holds true today,where selected reporters are flown in for fights and given comp rooms and food by the promoter.Payola though,is too easy to trace these days so I don't believe they are paid off in cash.
It does hold true, fc -- just as you describe it.
A few years ago, for a championship fight, a promoter of one of the fighters offered me first class round trip airfare to Vegas (with my wife), with a comped luxury hotel room on the strip, with all the food 'n booze I could scoff down 'n a car 'n driver 24/7 to cover the week-long ballyhoo and the fight.
He assured me ad nauseam, "There's no strings attached. ("'n I have some beach-front property in Nebraska I'd like to sell you"
I turned it down, but bet other scribes took the bait, 'n rationalized somehow.