Monday, February 27, 2006

Monday, Monday....

Sorry for the all-caps---in a rush this afternoon....
It is all about The Death Star-Vulcan and the Blazers
first check out David Stern's thoughts via Kerry Eggers and the Portland Tribune--web only! www.portlandtribune.com

Ok here is where we are:

*we have all had a weekend to sit back and try to digest what is going on with our only major league sports franchise, and here is what I came up with:
We still don’t know what the teams wants.
Vulcan, the Death Star parent company of the teamthat brought you the massive layoffs three years ago, has done an incredible job of pushing a further wedge between the community that has overall supported the franchise without fail since 1970 at a time when the team has never been in a worse situation on the floor.
There is absolutely no accountability from Vulcan-they are unwilling and unavailable to answer questions and actually EXPLAIN to the ticket buying public what it is they need. It also proves that Vulcan doesn’t subscribe to the same 25 point pledge which the franchise un-veiled a couple of years ago.
You as a fan are still being asked to spend big money to support an inferior product while not really knowing what the future holds for your team that you have supported for all of these years.
*It is insulting to the fans, a true slap in the face, that some empty suit executive from Vulcan throws out some vague threats about the future of the franchise, then goes back and hides in the Death Star.
**If it is all about private-public partnership, then what is "the silver bullet" that you actually need from the community. Tell us. Full disclosure. Don’t hide behind the city council doors.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS TEAM TO THE COMMUNITY? WHAT KIND OF LOSS WOULD IT BE IF THE TEAM LEFT?
I THINK IT WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT-INTANGIBLES WOULD BE THE IDENTITY OF THE CITY, THE COMMUNITY PRIDE YOUR ONE MAJOR LEAGUE FRANCHISE CAN BRING (DOESN’T NOW BUT CAN),
THE TANGIBLE: 127 MILLION IN TAXES AND OTHER DIRECT REVENUE SINCE 1971, 2 BILLION IN DIRECT SPENDING AND 3.9 BILLION IN INDIRECT SPENDING THROUGHOUT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND THE 1.6 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE JOBS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED-DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY TO THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1971.
THOSE NUMBERS ALMOST SOUND LIKE ENOUGH FOR THE PUBLIC TO HELP FINANCE THE TEAM? OR DOES IT?

The Olympics are over:
BC’s two-hour "Dancing With The Stars" finale last night averaged 27.1 million viewers, "setting a new series ratings high while finishing as the night’s most-watched program." The show drew 83% more viewers than NBC’s 14.8 million-viewer average for the Turin Games Closing Ceremony in the 8:00-10:00pm ET time slot. (Not the end of the world as far as the real Olympics-the closing ceremonies are not sports, not athletic competition, and they aren’t even the OPENING ceremonies)

Sign of the times-Tivo has it’s own ratings
Meanwhile, TiVo released a list of the top ten recorded moments of the Turin Games, based on data from 20,000 TiVo HHs. The top three are Canadian ice dancer’s Marie-France Dubreuil’s fall, U.S. figure skater Sasha Cohen’s short program performance and U.S. speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno winning the Gold Medal in the 500-meter event (TiVo).

At the other end of the "spectrum"…. Oregon Arena Corporation couldn’t get it done, but Global continues to have success-here and elsewhere!
Global Spectrum will enter into negotiations with the city of Cincinnati for a three-year contract to manage the Cinergy Center, which is scheduled to re-open from renovations in June (Global Spectrum).

4 Comments:

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Chris Snethen said...

Full disclosure.

I think Bragdon hit the nail on the head in The Trib this morning when he said

I think they were sort of testing the waters to see if somebody would be intimidated by them threatening to (move the franchise to another city) and start writing checks. It was if they wanted to see if we were going to be alarmed.

At this point, it's all poker. Paul Allen is Phil Hellmuth, throwing a fit and trying to put us on-tilt. If we just sit there and let him do his thing, eventually he'll blow his stack and leave the table. And we'll all be much happier when he's gone. We just need to hang on a couple of months.

In the meantime, how about Miles and Z-Bo last night! Great game boys! Way to show some freaking PRIDE. Quick also had a great line on the show last night when he said one way things could get worse would be for Miles and Randolph to just pack it in for the season. Well, here we are. Now what could go wrong?

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Michael Namba said...

I feel sorry for Nate. He seems like a good guy that got roped in to a Hooptie by a couple of slick used car salesmen.

 
At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Chris Snethen said...

Save us Damon!

 
At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I broke out the calculator and it looks like the $$$ add up to about $218m/year over the last 35 years. Not an insignificant amount. It would be interesting to see if the amount into the community is increasing, decreasing, or staying the same in recent years.

If the Blazers want me to pony up even 10¢ extra in taxes, my response would be "See Ya". Of course I'm a 43yr old white male, and the NBA doesn't market to me anyway...Seems kinda funny that the demographic that can afford to buy tickets to these overpriced events is not the one they're interested in.

Then there is the little issue of what the Blazers have done for Portland in recent years. Dog fighting, pot smoking, arrogant, overpaid idiots have become the sporting face of the city. Would it really be a bad thing to see them go?

Maybe we can work out a trade of the Blazers for a MLB team.

 

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