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A Solution to Boxing’s Non-Problems

Over at the homepage, I write about Senators John McCain and Harry Reid’s proposal to nationalize boxing.

But even leaving aside some crucial questions — is the regulation of boxing an appropriate function of the federal government? does the federal government have functions that are more important and take priority? is it equipped to handle the task? — the senators’ proposal misses the mark. . . .

Harry Reid’s and John McCain’s hearts are in the right place. They genuinely enjoy the sport and wish it well. But good intentions often lead to bad policies, and their proposal to nationalize boxing would almost certainly do no good. McCain and Reid’s plan would not eradicate human fallibility, streamline boxing’s organizational structure, or force ESPN to air the big fights. It’s a solution to problems boxing doesn’t actually face, while the problems it does face are still waiting to be fixed.

Read the whole thing.


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