Archive for the ‘Baseball’ Category

America’s Pastime

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Major League Baseball has a rich tradition with fiery and passionate fans. At first ABC tried to negotiate with teams to sell television rights. At first only three teams agreed to these terms.  Major League Baseball wanted fans to come to the ball park and wanted to keep coverage of the games local and did not allow ABC’s Game of the Week to air  within 50 miles of the ball park. This made matters worse for ABC who was trying to do anything to stay afloat during this time. The MLB has grown incredibly since the 50’s and the money television networks puts up shows this. Starting off in 1984 the original contract between NBC and ABC was $126 million. ABC putting up $56 million and NBC $70 million. Those two networks started the trend more national coverage and others soon followed suit. Now the heavyweights for baseball coverage are FOX, Fox Sports 1, TBS, and ESPN. Each network shoveling at least $300 million a year towards coverage. The numbers have increased and along that the fans have increased. These huge television contracts fuel long-term salaries. According to CrainsDetroit.com the Detroit Tigers have a reported $568 million committed to long term contracts between Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera. Local television contracts fuel this contracts by supplying money to the club. These facts lead me to believe that the contracts will only grow in order to keep up the ever-growing salaries for players. This has been foreseen ever since the early 1880’s by then Chicago White Stockings owner Albert Spalding.  “Professional baseball is on the wane. Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way.” – Chicago White Stockings owner Albert Spalding, 1881 (Forbes).

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Real Madrid website and how it works and compares

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

After logging in to the Real Madrid team official website I poked around a bit to find what types of services and information they could present to the viewer. The first thing I noticed was the menu bar which lets you expand links to their football (soccer) and basketball areas. Both menus feature a history, current squad, news, video gallery, and photo gallery for viewing pleasure. The members and fan zone tabs require a log in process to view some of the features. The fan zone tab seemed to be focused most on selling tickets and how one can purchase single game or season passes. Above the menu tabs, there are smaller links going to Real Madrid’s charity foundation, more information, and of course another buy tickets tab. Above that, a few of the teams major sponsors (Adidas, Emirates, and bwin) are featured. Scrolling down the page leads through recent news and a prominently displayed achievement section with all the awards both football and basketball teams have won over the lifespan of the club. All the way at the bottom there is a link to the official social media websites.

This site is definitely designed for an individual like me who is slightly unfamiliar with their club. There is a great amount of information available to educate people like me in a way that makes me interested in possibly becoming a fan. On the opposite side, there is a recent news and player feature that only real fans would know about currently. The website does a great job of pleasing both educated and uneducated Real Madrid inquiries.

The site is very well organized and likes to show off how excellent their teams are.  Their primary focus is promoting their football (American soccer) and their basketball teams.  Each team has dedicated both a photo and video gallery:

Football video galley: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/videos

Football photo gallery: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/football/photos

Basketball video gallery: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/basketball/videos

Basketball photo gallery: http://www.realmadrid.com/en/basketball/photos

The team has so much unity and respect for one another.  Recently acquired player Gareth Bale made some comments about his coach (Ancelotti) and one if his teammates (Ronaldo):

            He has helped me a lot. As a coach he has given us the idea of trusting our chances and    having faith in our potential and that has helped us to keep improving in the areas we’re working on. Cristiano Ronaldo is simply the best player in the world, he is completely extraordinary and it really helps me being part of a strikeforce that includes him

I assume this site allows for two way interaction if you are a member and log in. the social media links allow two way interaction offsite but still provide fan and company interaction.

After reviewing the MLB website the similarities between this website and Real Madrid’s are numerous. Both feature a login portion for extra fan action while showing a newsfeed tab and tickets link prominently. I only found two major differences. One is that MLB has a shop link to buy official merchandise, which Real Madrid does not have. The second is Real Madrid’s side has a better education feature for individuals who may not be avid fans.

Noah Dillon and Matthew Clark

Who benefits the most from a stadium?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

No one can argue that America loves her sporting events. It is a natural tendency for humans to glorify athletics in some manner. The Roman Colosseum was very similar to the stadiums and arenas that we have today. Who should pay for these stadiums of ours though? Well the public is often the provider. Tax payers pay for a stadium that they might never go to, or ever support. This might seem fair to a fan of the said stadium’s team, but to someone who could care less this could be viewed as highly unfair.

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/america-has-a-stadium-problem-62665/

All the while, American cities, counties, and states continue to struggle. Glendale, Arizona, may actually sell City Hall so they can afford to keep subsidizing a hockey team that few people actually pay to see.

Pacific Standard’s article illuminates several other issues concerning public funding of stadiums. The following link shows some exact costs of stadiums, as well as the percentage that the tax paying public contributed.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2010/05/cleveland_browns_1999_stadium/

The mainstream excuse for stadiums is that they create jobs. Well these jobs are limited, and not as glamorous as they make out to be. No one aspires to work at a concession stand. More private donors should take charge in building and upgrading stadiums. An economy that is already suffering enough shouldn’t have to pay for frivolous improvements that don’t have an impact on the majority of the city. I know sports are a huge part of the American tradition, but not at the expense of the public who receives no real benefit.