Originally Posted by john garfield
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.
Wow. Do you think that is commonplace today?
Also, do you think being given media credentials for fights jades the viewpoint of writers? Are writers not given media credentials if they have written critically about an event or a promoter's fighters?