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The Big Sunday: Too Much News

November 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Boxing, English Premier League, Football, Motor racing, soccer, Sports Journalism, Tennis, The National, UAE

As a sports editor, it is easy to wonder why various fields of endeavor cannot arrange their schedules so that they don’t overlap and dilute their audience — as well as the media recognition they might get that night or the next morning.

Today, for instance, we had at least four events that could have been our lead story, nine days out of 10.

Which is rather annoying, knowing that by the middle of this week we will have far softer stories in the newspaper.

The traffic jam on this side of the world started with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

This is the biggest event to happen in the UAE on an annual basis, in terms of global exposure.

The Formula One audience is diverse and up-market, and the brave little guys who drive those amazing machines tend to attract A-list celebrities (Enrique Iglesias, Trey Songz, Danni Minogue, Tyson Beckford, Tyrese Gibson) and 1-percenter money men. It’s glamorous, the whole of it.

But we also had …

–Ahmed Khalil of Al Ahli club and the UAE national team winning the Asian Footballer of the Year award, in New Delhi. An Emirati winning this award has happened … never.

–We also had some significant Davis Cup news, with Andy Murray’s heroic efforts — two singles victory, a doubles victory with his brother, to secure the greatest tennis team competition for the first time in 79 years. Murray pretty much personally dragged his team, which lacked a second world-class player, to victory, and then he wept.

–Also, we were trying to catch up with the surprising victory of Tyson Fury over Wladimir Klitschko, giving the Briton most of the world’s heavyweight championships and ending the nine-year reign of the Ukrainian as heavyweight champ. And this is a big deal, not just because it was unexpected, but because Fury is a larger-than-life personality who will inject excitement and lots and lots of hot air into the heavyweight division, which the stolid Klitschko had almost destroyed during his austere run as champ.

–And, we had Chelsea and Tottenham in a significant Premier League match.

So, yeah — any one of those would get the big treatment on page one of our section, 90 days out of 100.

In this case, we went biggest with Nico Rosberg winning the grand prix, but got images on the bottom part of the page of Murray after clinching the Davis Cup, and Ahmed Khalil, after being handed the “Asia’s best player” trophy.

And then wished the people who run these sports could have spaced out their events a bit better … even while knowing that would not be practical.

But still.


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