Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Steph Curry could do better than Under Armour

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s decision to abandon Trump’s manufacturing council in the wake of the president’s inability to rebuke his white nationalist base was a move of self-preservation, not taking the moral high ground. As a result, Steph Curry should reassess his stake in the brand. By Andrew J. Pridgen In 2014, emerging N.B.A. superstar Steph Curry inked a Jordan-esque...

PAC 12 football coaches take a stand against the NCAA’s early signing period …for all the wrong reasons

You know, it has everything to do with what benefits the program and nothing to do with what's good for the student. By Andrew J. Pridgen Leave it to college football coaches to take a stand and do the right thing ...but only in the name of self-aggrandizement. Thursday, Pac-12 coaches and program surrogates got together in Hollywood for a preseason...

USGA makes a deal with the devil and loses not only its soul but its audience in the process

America, take note. The recent failure of the The U.S. Women's Open at Trump national is a blueprint on how everyday people can defeat the grifter-in-chief.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump was the worst-behaved human in American history, ever, on a campaign trail. He won by appealing to a population in transition’s worst fears buffeted by racist, sexist, misogynist...

Private equity and hedge fund trolls steer Formula 1 right into the wall

What’s happening to Formula 1 is a brazen example of greed crippling a once-great enterprise and the result of an investor model built to game the system for immediate gains with no substantive look at improving, or even sustaining, the product. By Andrew J. Pridgen Keep your eye on what happens to Formula 1 over the next 18 months...

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

Bill Simmons’ Nine Media Lives are almost up… and whether or not you should care

It’s not that I root for Bill Simmons to fail. Quite the contrary, I want him to do well with the seemingly limitless resources, chances and time he’s been given over and over and over… because if that guy can’t make it, nobody will. By Andrew J. Pridgen Bill Simmons is burning through his Nine Media Lives like a teenager...

San Diego Keeps Getting Played by Publicly Financed Stadiums

Fascinating to see the fate of a public university's football program in the hands of private enterprise (one that readily has taken public funds and is equally loath to give back.) Written By Kyle Magin San Diego State University football is riding a sinking ship. The Aztecs are getting booted from the city’s Qualcomm Stadium after 2018 as San Diego shuts...

All cheer as Raiderettes’ lawsuit takes down the team. Next up: the NFL

Rape culture purists and corporate gigolos get a punch where it hurts — the pocketbook. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Raiderettes finally got something to cheer about Wednesday. A $1.25 million settlement against their carpetbagging franchise hit the checking of almost 100 cheerleaders with another payout (a similar suit against against the league) still pending. The original lawsuit filed on behalf of NFL...

Anatomy of a Marlins Sale

Investing big in coastal Dade County probably isn't the best idea today... but Jeb! and Jeter are determined to be knighted as MLB owners anyway. By Andrew J. Pridgen Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement in principle to sell the team to a group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as well as New York Yankees...

Sh*t just got real at ESPN

ESPN, a decidedly old-guard institution and barely-hanging-in-there holdover from the early days of cable just dropped pink slips on at least 100 individuals in its front-line talent pool. More to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Mouse’s once venerable sports and media juggernaut is now showing its age more than Carrot Top after missing a BOTOX sesh. The Network, which...