Thursday, August 22, 2019

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...

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...

Saying Goodbye to Golfer Guy

Not only are Golfer Guy’s actions and attitude horrible for the environment but the asshole culture that has evolved as his numbers continue to dwindle is vexing. By Andrew Pridgen For a time, my father was a Golfer Guy but never really knew it. Most Golfer Guys don’t. The tidewaters turned up a number of things in the immediate recession that was...

Squaw sets up scarecrow nonprofit to seduce, frighten Basin residents

...But the best part is Tahoe only gets its nonprofit AFTER the reason for NEEDING a nonprofit is built. By Andrew J. Pridgen Here comes the supposed nonprofit arm of the private equity firm hellbent on turning Olympic Valley into the Four Points Sheraton near the MacArthur Maze. Squaw announced Tuesday that they’ve launched a boy band version of a 501(c)(3)...

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...

Donald Trump can’t throw a baseball

It’s a small thing, sure. But it’s also a really big small thing. The president refuses to step up and do the one symbolic thing that presidents have done for more than a century. To be a kid again. To stop and hear the crowd’s collective whisper shiver to a roar. To walk inches above the earth in the...

Things a first-round pick should never say just after being selected to join the NFL

April 28, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST the NFL Network will broadcast its annual National Legalized Slave Auction Day. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get jumped into the league, here’s a primer of some thoughts you might just want to keep under that flat-billed hat at your first presser. By Andrew J. Pridgen The difference between playing college...

Quitting Google

The world’s biggest advertising and media companies are waking up to the fact that despite all the available analytics Google is opaque about why ads end up where they do. By Andrew J. Pridgen It may be a hiccup, a quick correction, a one-off, but one of the biggest advertising firms in the world is doing the unthinkable — they’re quitting Google. New...

Honeymoon from Hell

We went ahead and took the plunge with our abuser and now we must be prepared to be tied up and beaten (and not in a good way) from day 1. By Andrew J. Pridgen This get-to-know America’s newest spouse grace period officially ended as soon as the door shut behind him. The first days of his presidency have...

The hero you need most is you

What the onset of the Trump administration looks like for the common American. By Andrew J. Pridgen The good news is the world isn’t likely to end in the next four years. The bad news is your world as you know it just might. If you have been convicted of a crime, if you have been unemployed recently, if you have been foreclosed...