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Weekly Review 5/24/13

And to think, prostate sale all he ever wanted to be was a car owner\n\nThere is nothing really atypical about ampoule %22pt%22:%22twitter%22%7d\”>the most recent Jerry Reinsdorf bio piece (which happens to come from Sports Business Journal) except that there’s a swear word in this one.\n\nDespite its 6500 words the story misses that—for all that Reinsdorf’s friends seem to admire about him—this is a man of great controversy in public life.  One who has shaken down this city in a manner disproportionate even to other pro sports team owners (who generally make it a point to shake down cities) around the country.\n\nThe article opens with a bit about Reinsdorf driving around in his car.  Because he drives himself!  And he knows the backstreets of Chicago!  So what a down to earth guy!\n\n“When I was a kid my only real ambition was to own a car, sildenafil ” explains everyman Jerry Reinsdorf while sitting in traffic like we all do.  “Some day, I wanted to own a car. But then you change your goals. When I got a car, I wanted to own a car that I didn’t have to make payments on. Now that I don’t have to make payments, I keep the cars forever.”\n\nWhat a wonderful accidental metaphor for Reinsdorf’s modus operandi.  I thought of the two Chicago sports teams he owns.  In the beginning he had to make burdensome payments to the city like rent and taxes.  Now he pays the city a pittance to operate the huge new sports facilities in which his teams play.  And he seems to want to keep his teams forever.\n\nWhat’s missing from this article on Reinsdorf is his relentless pursuit of public funding during his tenure as sports team owner and official Chicago tourism and charter school promoter, depriving public services to those of us who live in a \”broke\” city and don’t drive new Cadillacs or have second homes in Phoenix.\n\nFor more on Jerry Reinsdorf and his public persona see my post about it.\n\nOne fallout from this story (and another short post from the same author on SBJ) has been speculation about who would gain control and what might happen when Jerry Reinsdorf (77 years old) ascends to the great publicly financed stadium in the sky.  Or maybe even before then.  As far as all this goes, I’m firmly in the “wake me when something actually happens” camp.\n

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\nThe reaction to Rahm Emanuel’s disturbing decision to fund a DePaul basketball arena with TIF money while closing schools continues (in a shocking development, the mayor’s appointed school board passed the closings measure this week).  If you read one Weekly Review item in this post make it Ben Joravsky’s column on the mayor and TIFs, two of his favorite topics:\n\nBen Joravsky: “Rahm’s latest plan: Close the schools, build an arena”\n\nToday’s follow-up on the Bleader blog is worth reading also.\n\nDave Zirin weighs in on Emanuel’s arena-plan foolishness, making an analogy between our city’s present situation and Angry Birds and Zombie Pigs—or something or other that I’m too old and childless to understand.  I don’t think it’s supposed to be a good thing though.\n

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\nOn a subject not covered nearly enough on this blog, the exploitation of underpaid college athletes by the NCAA and entertainment companies like EA Sports was recognized in a New Jersey appellate court this weekForbes’  Marc Edelman’s language hardly sounds unequivocal but: \”For recent college football players, this ruling was very much a win, as it opens the doors to the possibility of sharing revenues from the NCAA Football video game series with both Electronic Arts and the NCAA.”  This is one of multiple lawsuits of this type filed against the NCAA I believe, so stay tuned!\n

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\nThe best of The Classical this week comes in the form of Aaron Gordon’s story about sports broadcast commentary—lamenting Tim McCarver and celebrating Sir Ian Darke, while stressing the importance of commentators not making up new words and then using “batshittery” in the very next sentence (to extraordinary effect, I might add!).\n

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\nFinally, with an affinity for fundamentalist Christianity you could have probably guessed that cartoonish bad ass Chuck Norris was a Tim Tebow fan.  But with his penchant for violence and guns, it might surprise you that he goes around quoting Martin Luther King Jr.\n\n 

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