By Gerald Eskenazi
A SportswriterвЂ™s existence is a revealing examine the folks and occasions that have been a part of the background of activities from a standpoint often unavailable to the general public. EskenaziвЂ™s within tales of activities usually are not constantly flattering, yet they're consistently a laugh, touching, and revealing. This pleasing quantity could be loved via a person with an curiosity in reporting, activities, or simply a superb tale.
''Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional-an sincere and honorable guy in a box the place these components are too usually missed. He hasn't ever forgotten the significance of getting a feeling of equity, a feeling of humor, and a real ardour for his career. Jerry regularly understood that it's the video games, and the athletes who compete, that make humans are looking to learn the activities web page. He has earned an elite point of belief from his readers and the activities figures he covers, simply because he writes what he sees. He is aware what he is doing, and he prepares for every project in a fashion that monitors his appreciation and recognize for athletic pageant and the personalities involved.'' -Bill Parcells, Head trainer, Dallas Cowboys
''From the honour days of Joe Namath, to the Rangers' quest for a Stanley Cup, to the whacky global of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured those significant moments. it is a nice learn through a most effective reporter.''-Marv Albert, voice of the recent York Knicks and NBA on TNT
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I had written a piece describing as absurd his claim that he had Arab oil-interest money ready to buy Madison Square Garden. That contention came about while he was negotiating to put on a title fight in the Garden, and King didn’t like the offer he was getting from the Garden big shots. So why not threaten to buy the place from under them? I pointed out that in some of the places King had promoted fights, he left a trail of hapless investors who could never recoup their money (in fact, the country of Zaire had dropped ten million dollars on the famed Ali-Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle”).
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A Sportswriter's Life: From the Desk of a New York Times Reporter by Gerald Eskenazi