Al Bernstein: 30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths About Boxing, by Al Bernstein

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For simply over 30 years Al Bernstein has been some of the most recognizable and revered sportscasters in the US. In these 3 a long time, the “voice of boxing” said the humorous, poignant, and peculiar occasions that contributed to shaping activities tv, ESPN, boxing, Las Vegas, and SHOWTIME. With an eclectic solid of characters that comes with each famous person in boxing, together with Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, in addition to such names within the leisure global as Rodney Dangerfield, Sylvester Stallone, Russell Crowe, and Jerry Lewis, Bernstein's memoir can have you in stitches.

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More and deeper ‘scratching’ is planned. Others too will also ‘scratch away’ with energy, enthusiasm and effect for at least two fascinating reasons. Firstly, cricket has made a decisive step towards commercialism. Gentlemen are passé; celebrities are promoted. Garish ‘glitz’ rather than muted white is in fashion—literally and metaphorically. Secondly, cricket is enmeshed in politics —within the game, within regions, across the globe. This mesh will be pulled tighter in the decades ahead. Cricket is now too important politically to be left to cricketers.

Cricket was instructed to carry out an audit of its activities. Targets were now introduced for school, tertiary education and provincial cricket. 34 Resistance to targets came from both politicians of the white opposition parties and within cricket itself. On their initial instigation it was 12 CRICKETING CULTURES IN CONFLICT evident that both captain and coach (Hansie Cronje and Bob Woolmer) opposed anything that interfered with their functions. The UCB president, Ray White, resigned following criticisms that he was hindering the process.

It reacted violently, but it also relaxed its stance on some ‘petty-apartheid’ measures, granting two commissions of inquiry to investigate labour reforms. Sport also benefited; the regime turned a blind eye to mixed cricket despite its being outlawed. In September 1977 the different ethnic bodies merged to form the South African Cricket Union (SACU). Although this satisfied previous demands for ‘normal’ cricket, a section of SACBOC refused to participate in the new organization. The political environment had dramatically altered: demands had to be re-evaluated.

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