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One thing caught my eye last week and you might have missed it since there was so much else going on. The Yankees and Orioles played a baseball game last Tuesday. That’s not really news. However, they started play at 11:08pm ET after a four-hour rain delay, and the game did not end until 2:15am. Yep, you read that right. Guess the kids were late to school after the game?
Apparently, the Commissioner’s Office called the Yankees and told them to get the game played. The Yankees, in an effort to make sure the folks who had tickets to the game (it was played so no rain-checks, right?) announced that ticket-holders to the game would be given some form of a free ticket offer to “any Yankees game – next season”. Having worked in a sports league, I know that the postponement and rescheduling of games is a nightmare, especially given travel, labor rules, and fan reaction. But since it rained throughout the game, maybe the risk of injury should have prevailed in their thinking? And not just to the players. Continue reading
I wrote this before sundown yesterday so I wouldn’t have yet one more thing for which to atone. Given the rainy Sunday here in Connecticut, I spent the day watching a lot of sports. Then again, I send most sunny Sundays watching sports but it’s usually after I play golf. In any event, as I’m writing this, the Yankees have clinched another title, so have both Phil and Tiger, Jimmy Johnson, 4-time NASCAR champ has won yet another race, The Giants and Pats both won and all of that makes sense. They’re winners. Continue reading
It’s the height of baseball season so of course I’m just getting around to reading Joe Torre‘s book. Aside from the fact that it’s an amazing tale of how screwed up baseball was by steroids several years ago, there is a theme that goes through it which is one of the critical business lessons many folks have yet to learn. Continue reading
Today I’m raising a question for which I don’t really have an answer. I guess it’s more of an observation and perhaps we can all figure out the answer together.
I’ve spent a good number of years in the sports business. I love it because it’s a business about which people are passionate, both the folks who work in it and the fans who consume it. But lately I’ve asked myself what we’re doing to those fans and I had a conversation the other day which really raised my level of concern. Continue reading
It’s Fun Food Friday and today’s screed comes out of my recent trip. Over the years, our group figured out that the cost/value equation for the roster of restaurants in Myrtle Beach was way out of whack and we’d be far better off cooking for ourselves a few nights. The condos where we stay have grills and we take full advantage of them. Continue reading
There’s a story about Mickey Mantle. When he was asked what kind of salary he would get as a Yankee in the modern era, Mantle’s response was that he’d go to George Steinbrenner and say “Howdy, Partner.” Continue reading