Big deal

May 1971
Columbia Journalism Review;May/Jun1971, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p4
This article comments on the restrictions imposed by the promoters of the Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali boxing match on the press. The promoters, operating on the premise that nobody should get anything free from the match, not only limited the blow-by-blow coverage to closed-circuit television but tried to keep the wire services from sending round-by-round bulletins for broadcast. the Associated Press (AP) even received a legal threat at ringside. Quite properly, both AP and United Press International refused to accept formal self-censorship, though both had to operated under severe restrictions.


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