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Dana White talks to Maggie Gray on SI Now about fight fixing

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After the first round of shots were fired over on ESPN 2, Dana White took Sports Illustrated up on an invitation to appear on their SI Now show with Maggie Gray, and get to the heart of the fight fixing issue... sort of.

In an admirable move Sports Illustrated looked to confront their most recent and harshest current critic, Dana White, head on over his dislike of a recent round table discussion on the possibility that UFC 162 was fixed. SI did give Dana his say, but the conversation more or less devolved into bickering over who watched who's product and whether or not SI's panel was generally discussing fight fixing or whether or not the UFC main event was fixed.






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Post #1   7/19/13 5:44:47PM   

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Not often do I agree with Dana, but seeing the original video and this one. I agree and glad Dana put her in her place.

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I love how she was trying to defend the show, and Dana destroys her. SI should have just apologized for the segment, and moved on.

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Maggie has a point if it's just people sitting around talking in their free time. Whatever, it's their choice of leisure and that's totally fine.

If they're in the context of professional journalism, they absolutely have an obligation to research before public discussion. If they don't, it's no longer journalism, but sensationalist rumor-mongering.

Watch the fight beforehand, bring in a couple experts, and call up some sources, then do the show. This is shit I learned in high school.

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Maggie has a point if it's just people sitting around talking in their free time. Whatever, it's their choice of leisure and that's totally fine.

If they're in the context of professional journalism, they absolutely have an obligation to research before public discussion. If they don't, it's no longer journalism, but sensationalist rumor-mongering.

Watch the fight beforehand, bring in a couple experts, and call up some sources, then do the show. This is shit I learned in high school.



But you can't have a show called "Sports Illustrated NOW" and fill the panel with people that don't know sports. That would be like me putting on scrubs and standing around a hospital, but I'm not a doctor. People are going to expect you know what you're talking about and that your word is well-informed, even if just an opinion.

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I'm not sure if that's sarcasm or a misunderstanding somewhere.

The sources and experts in this case would be UFC reps, independent analysts, physicians, etc. who understand MMA. They'd get sports, and they'd be relevant to the discussion and the show.

Maybe it's just the "but" at the start that's throwing me off, because I think we agree?

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Sorry, yes we're in agreement and I meant to quote the first sentence, not the others.

I'm saying that a show like that *cant* be all bullshit that no one takes seriously because it's under the banner of SI. Anything on that show will be taken seriously, and that casual air you mentioned isn't really an option because of the brand.

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As I said in the props note, all good - appreciate ya clarifying!

Post #8   7/21/13 3:05:21AM