Boxing Needs A Scoreboard [NoeBrainer]
Can you imagine watching a basketball or football game without knowing the score? That's exactly what happens in boxing and it needs to change.
I am leading the charge to get a scoreboard implemented in the sport of boxing. I have been ranting and raving on "The Noe Show" on 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio these last few days about boxing having a scoreboard. I think it makes total sense for a sport that has struggled with credibility issues (see Saturday's Pacquiao-Bradley decision) to take an additional step to prevent dirty pool.
If a fight is being scored by a crooked (or blind) judge, at least the fighter that is getting hosed will be aware of where he/she stands in the fight while still having a chance to make up for the inaccurate scorekeeping. Can you imagine if a basketball score was just kept a secret and players had to guess what the score was in the 4th quarter? "I think we're up by 11. No, it's more like 8." Ridiculous.
This is what happens in boxing. It's a guessing game. You never know how a judge is going to score a fight. Why keep that a secret? Think of the drama it would add to a fight if it was totally even heading into the final round and the fighters and fans actually knew it. Think of a fighter who clearly wins a round, yet gets hosed by the judges who award the round to the other fighter. The fighter that just got screwed would come out like a madman. It would be great TV. Get it done, boxing. It's 2012. Act accordingly.
Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.