Contender “ignores … that boxing’s appeal rests with its resistance to cleanliness.”

Contender “ignores … that boxing’s appeal rests with its resistance to cleanliness.”
Examining NBC’s The Contender and its lack of overwhelming success so far, The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir argues that producer Mark “Burnett’s intended pasteurization of boxing … ignores the historic truth that boxing’s appeal rests with its resistance to cleanliness.” The show, he writes, “plays up the fairness of who fights whom; there are no predatory promoters roaming the ring before and after bouts; one boxer doesn’t make the other one wait interminably before leaving his locker room, and venal villains whom viewers would want to see knocked out have not emerged.” As such, the series is “disappointing” and “distorts what real boxing is.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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