Monday, December 18, 2017

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...

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...

The internet is freaking out over Marissa Mayer’s golden parachute from Yahoo! What it should be worried about is how small her exit amount is compared to a male...

Marissa Mayer will leave Yahoo! with a $23 million golden parachute, but people are mad, not because her tenure was unremarkable ...but because she’s a woman. By Andrew J. Pridgen The golden girl of Google after four years of trying to breathe life into the CPR dummy that is Yahoo! is being let go and will get a golden parachute which...

The Fading Light of American Optimism

For almost two-and-a-half centuries we have been the country of can-do. Get knocked down? Get right back up and fight. Now our greatest battle is against one of our own. By Andrew J. Pridgen The thing that has struck me most about this new administration and this almost two-week waking nightmare we are currently in the midst of is whatever happened...

Let’s Be Very Clear: The Chargers are the NFL’s Problem, Not San Diego’s

The Chargers and their shill scribes are having a tough time accepting that if they want to stay in San Diego and make money in San Diego, they need to take the financial risk to make it happen. The problem is, that's counter to the narrative of all NFL owners. Written by Kyle Magin If the Chargers leave San Diego, that...

The only two responses to Trump’s tweets you will ever need

Simple feedback for a simpleton. By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald J. Trump is America’s internet troll-elect and he deploys his twitter account at all hours as his chief means of scapegoating, distraction and way to make every 5th grade teacher simultaneously slap their foreheads: ”How am I supposed to convince the kids to diagram sentences when this merkin-wearing ass hat is...

The Case for Better Expansion

MLB, NHL and NFL expansion teams fail more often than not and even teams that break even are often mired in the loss column for decades. How a gradual, multi-season approach leading up to the first pitch, puck drop or kick off would ensure the growth of a fan base and the maturation of a team  Written by Kyle Magin When...

Helfless

Don’t cry for Mark Helfrich’s imminent firing. Focus on the changes you need to make to be just like him. By Andrew J. Pridgen So it can be said, barring any minor miracle that involves a DeLorean careening 88 miles per hour on the rain-slicked pavement of the Lone Pine Mall parking lot, Oregon fans will no longer be exposed...

Pay For Your Own Goddamn Beach House

My tax dollars. Your luxury properties. Written by Kyle Magin If you choose to live in a glass-walled beachfront home with a cutesy name like ‘Sandy Bottoms’ on the Outer Banks or Big Pine Key or any of America’s thousand other coastal retreats for Baby Boomers, you’d think you’d have to assume the risk of climate change-fueled tides ripping that sumbitch...