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).