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Old 09-06-2011, 12:18 AM
Solitario
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An excerpt from an article discussing Greenburg's tenure at HBO:

"Too often, HBO bid against itself for reasons that remain totally inexplicable. You can cite favoritism toward the fighters of Al Haymon if you want -- we've discussed that a lot lately here, so we'll skip over it for the time being -- but that doesn't fully explain things like the crazy fee HBO paid for Chad Dawson-Antonio Tarver II, a fight nobody wanted and which HBO could have passed on and still stolen Dawson away from Showtime whenever it wanted. (Many of the fighters HBO overpaid were black fighters. The reporting by Thomas Hauser said that HBO brass was pretty worried about declining viewership among black fans. In that context, going after black fighters like Dawson [who wasn't managed by Haymon] made some measure of sense, since boxing fans definitely like rooting for their own ethnic and/or regional alliances.But overpaying for Dawson-Tarver II -- let alone paying for it at all -- was, to me, the strangest example of HBO's misspending.)"

http://queensberry-rules.com/2011-ar...to-be-out.html
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