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Howard’s In: Michigan’s new head man

Now that Juwan Howard has been named new head basketball coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines, will this signal the rebirth of the Fab Five? In one, full-circle swoop, Howard accepted a five-year deal starting at $2 million. He also interviewed with the Cavaliers, Lakers and Timberwolves. Howard takes over from...

Diamonds and Walls: Building the Perfect Ballpark

The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Baltimore. It's been 25 years since the Baltimore Orioles began playing in Camden Yards, the start of a nationwide trend of major league teams moving into new ballparks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Influenced by visiting twenty-two of the current thirty Major League Baseball (MLB) ballparks, including some no longer in existence (old Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, RFK, and the Metrodome), there are certain things that attract regarding baseball diamonds and walls.  With news of the Angels being courted by the City of Long Beach and Paul Goldberger’s comments about...

Ballbreaker: Is it Dame time?

Magic Johnson should show the NBA a magic trick and make LaVar Ball disappear. That's because many fans thought LaVar’s bluster would go away once Lonzo Ball was drafted, but it's only gotten worse. Johnson is the face of the Lakers and the assumption is, even Ball knows not to push him too...

Gridiron Grace: Michael Vick’s football camp gets second chance

Former Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick and Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson were set to host a football camp in Louisville, Ky. However, due to the controversy from his dog fighting ring in 2007, administrators at Jeffersontown High School rejected the camp one month ago. The camp was also punted by...

Economies of Scope in Entertainment, Media, and Sports

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First, a quick economics lesson.  Economies of scope refers to when businesses implement a strategy of diversification of services, assets, or products offered through entry and growth into a new area or by mergers and acquisitions, either vertical or horizontal integration.  Vertical integration is where one business combines or reduces the processes and people to complete the production and/or sale of a service...

Beilein: Cleveland’s new man in town

The winningest coach in Michigan basketball history is making the move to the NBA.  Last year, John Beilein expressed interest in coaching the Detroit Pistons. But this year, he accepted the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer. Beilein agreed to a five-year deal with the team. His departure ends the run of basketball excellence outside...

The Social Media Paradigm & Difficulty

“When an irresistible force such as youMeets an old immovable object like meYou can bet just as sure as you liveSomething's gotta give”Johnny Mercer, 1954 A song always tells a story.  In this article, the story is about the problem presented by social media when it on the one hand is the greatest communication...

In Lue of Events: The Lakers’ downward spiral

And just like that, the Los Angeles Lakers may be the worst-run franchise in the NBA. The aftermath of LeBron James' first season in the Purple and Gold was nothing anyone expected. It’s no secret the Lakers are going through massive turnover. Tyronn Lue seemed to be the...

Three Things About the Disney/FOX sale of RSN’s to Sinclair

Disney was forced to sell its 21st Century FOX-acquired Midwest-based regional sports networks (RSN) to a third party.  The third party winner of the bidding process was a joint bid by Sinclair Broadcasting Group (Sinclair) and Amazon.  Disney sold the RSN’s as part of an agreement with the SEC and U.S. Justice Department to avoid monopolistic practices...

High Horsepower

Commenting on 145th Kentucky Derby horse "Game Winner" sports reporter Jason Frakes asked, "Do you trust a horse who hasn't won a race since November?" Psalms 20:7 reads, "Some trust in chariots, some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."