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On Jerry Reinsdorf and Donald Sterling

When the psychotic ranting of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling went public this week, ambulance hospital I think we all felt a little ashamed that such a person a) lived and breathed and b) was somehow richer than everyone everywhere. But the moment that NBA Commissioner Adam Sliver banned Sterling from the league for life, buy viagra our horror and embarrassment turned into collective celebration. Racists be banished! Our faith in society restored!\n\nRejoicing came from sports team owners who are not vomitous cultural anachronisms, including our own Jerry Reinsdorf (and son Michael):\n

We completely support Commissioner Silver’s decision today regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling … The league’s decision underscores the severity and reprehensible nature of the comments attributed to Donald Sterling … Discrimination and prejudice of any kind have no place in sports or in our society.

\nWho would disagree? But “discrimination and prejudice” take many forms. Bigoted language is one of the obvious manifestations but there are others that are more insidious. Because in the end, racism (like sexism) is about power: or one “race” wielding and maintaining power over another. And this is a project in which Jerry Reinsdorf actively takes part. Continue reading


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 Continue reading


A Tale of Three Jerrys

I have to hand it to Jerry Reinsdorf’s public relations team.  They could sell death metal to Peter, viagra canada drugstore Paul, cialis canada and Mary fans.\n\nAs Major League Baseball owners seek to take the proverbial meat-ax to non-player employee pensions, someone leaked to ESPN that it has been Reinsdorf who has tried in vain to save them.  Reinsdorf, \”a champion of the less visible members of the MLB family,\” reportedly \”chastised his brethren for being petty with the lives of ordinary people given the riches produced by the sport.\”\n\nIn this case, “champion” means a person aiming to provide workers with job security and benefits once thought of as basic rights but now considered privileges in the present zeitgeist.  And it’s curious that Reinsdorf would speak of vast baseball riches with his cronies behind closed doors when just last year he offered publicly that “a baseball team is really a horrible economic investment.”\n\nAt any rate, score one for the Chairman, whose scolding of heartless companions was picked up by the local media.\n\nThere was a time when the mainstream media portrayed the Bulls and White Sox owner with some regularity (but without much thought or subtlety) as a greedy, cheap, St. Pete loving, baseball strike inciting, white-flag trading, ’90s Bulls breaker-upper.  At that time, “bearable person” status in the public consciousness seemed an impossible ascension for Jerry Reinsdorf.  So I’m amazed at how his image has been buoyed in recent years.\n Continue reading


Chicago’s Big Ten Hoops Tournament Promises March Thrills! And Free Money?

The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament is back in town.  And apparently, remedy see Trey Burke & co. will not only be raining threes on the floor of the United Center but raining dollars all over Chicago.\n\nCrain’s Danny Ecker expects the city’s haul to be “$8 million to $12 million of visitor spending.”  While eternal optimist Mayor Rahm Emanuel—flanked by sports-business community leaders and Big Ten representatives at a recent presser—predicted “$40 million in economic activity.”\n\nWhy not?  As long as we’re just throwing numbers out there.\n\nBecause the economic impact studies that politicians mine for sound bites and journalists use to boost word counts are little more than propaganda paid for by event promoters.  The millions in “visitor spending” and “economic activity” doesn’t account for many of the hidden public investments and opportunity costs involved in bringing these kinds of events to Chicago.\n\nUntil city officials and their private-sector partners are more transparent about the costs of the Big Ten Tournament, we can’t have informed public debate about whether or not playing host is a good idea.  But that won’t stop us from trying…\n Continue reading