that is being referred to in this discussion as all important./ I can say that for a simple reason.
There wasnt all the extra stuff they say is irreplaceable today. Ali basically had Howard Cosel in the ring after his fights and he had his fights. that was it. people dont want to see your fight because
you give good reality show or good "INside MMA interviews". They didnt even broadcast weighins anything like they do today.
Now you would think the weighin is a separate event of importance. If the UFC has their way they'' sell Luxury box tickets for the weigh ins.
And the sad part is after you pay $25,000 to be close to the scale youll get a moonwalk fight because no one will want to risk getting off the path to a title shot.
Your comment about the magnitude of coverage of baseball compared to todays MMA you happen to be wrong.
They hardly had magazines in Ruths day.
They had ZERO TV.
Sportswriters covered Ruths games not his personal life.
The "daily" covergewas the game reports. period.
Thats exactly what Im saying. Ruth didnt get famous because he was hyped beyond belief. He got his legend because they DIDNT have all the stuff. Ruths legend occurred because of word of mouth.
2/3 of the entire country knew all about Ruth even though he never played a meaningful game west of the Mississippi River.
He was never o TV in his career. No one SAW Ruth play except live.
Maybe some off speed grainey newsreels of him circling the bases.
They knew because of his REPUTATION which i fact was bigger than the media can make a player today.
Today they create the reputation which is all based on speculation as opposed to accomplishment.
The best PP fighter wasnt based on a poll like it is today.
It was based on a guy actuall FIGHTING people in more than one division.
If you didnt do that no amount of opinion could replace actual doing it.