Mac the Knife

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  1. Mac the Knife

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Back when I had the content of USFL.info separated from info from other domains on subjects I've written about I had prospective players reaching out to me for tryout information regarding various leagues. Like I knew if/when the A-11 League or some podunk start-up indoor league was going to conduct player tryouts, or that I could help them find a job. There's a term for these people... "idiots."
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    Montreal Alouettes teasing re-brand

    Yeah, I spent the entire season watching them and wondering why they were bothering, especially with all the helmet decals being one color. Seemed pointless. Still does, come to think of it. The Als need an overhaul, to be sure. A retro overhaul though - bring this baby back to the helmets...
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    Congratulations, Lottery Winner!

    You do realize that the Hurricanes just sold for $550 million nine months ago though, right? Oh, and to answer my own question: I take $300M (USD), convert it to CDN (currently around $390M). I buy the British Columbia Lions from David Braley for $40-50M, then invest $250M (CDN) or so in building a new, outdoor, open-ended and oceanside stadium that seats maybe about 30-35,000.
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    Congratulations, Lottery Winner!

    You're in disbelief. You stare at the ticket, then at the numbers, and you suddenly realize that you've hit the $1.6 billion MegaMillions jackpot. And the next day you learn: you're the sole winner. I won't try to pretend to do all the tax calculations involved, but let's say for purposes of the story you walk away with $600 million, net, in a single payment - not enough to buy an NBA, NFL or Major League Baseball franchise, and out of prudence you don't buy into the NHL either as you want to diversify your investments at least a little. So you make a decision: you want to buy a franchise, but spend no more than $300 million to acquire it, in its entirety. What existing team (or teams; after all, you have $300 million to play with) do you pursue... and why?
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Vague information would hit the streets, sure. But at the very least on the day it's announced, everything's ready to roll toward generating revenue. AAF didn't bring in its first dollar of true revenue (STH deposits don't count in my book, as they're refundable) until they were 6-7 most post-announcement. That's not how it could've - or should've - been done.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    This is not the result of a year's behind the scenes planning. I'm involved in a sports-related project where, if all goes well, it will launch in mid-2020. The people I'm involved with are 22 months away from its debut and 14+ months away from even announcing its existence, presuming it goes forward. Know what this project is? No. Know why? Because the people involved aren't flying by the seats of their pants, and aren't willing to risk their reputations by announcing something until everything is in place: markets, facilities, certain corporate partners, and certainly key personnel ready to roll in each of its markets. The AAF announced team presidents (whatever they are, considering its a single entity league) within the past month. They pissed away two months disclosing playing sites, probably as they finally closed stadium lease deals, rather than locking them up during that alleged year of planning and announcing them all at once - as I suspect XFL will do when it's ready to do so. That was two months - and it's been another month-plus - in which they've not sold a single season ticket plan, let alone single game tickets. They took $50 deposits on season ticket plans; plans which will ultimately translate into sales but as yet haven't. They signed 500 guys named Phil to player contracts, which is fine, but they're just now filling the sales staff positions needed to push their product. I also don't think AAF is nearly as well financed as Charlie and DICK (I know Ebersol; I use his first name as a noun) and Bill Polian and so forth suggest. The "working behind the scenes for a year" was lining up the money men they've found in all likelihood. But these are VC guys and not football guys - at some point... and one a lot sooner than Charlie or DICK think... these guys are going to want to cash out. And while they're doing some things right on the football side? On the business side they were woefully inept at the outset, and are just now starting to get things in place - but they're also a year behind where they should be in that regard. The difference between AAF and XFL is that Vince McMahon has been down this road before. He knows the mistakes that were made nearly 20 years ago, and this time he's avoiding them as best he can. Charlie and DICK, meanwhile, are making every one of those mistakes, because they didn't adequately study the histories of the WFL, original XFL, AAFL, 'new USFL,' A-11 League and UFL before them. McMahon made his announcement when he did in all probability because Charlie and DICK forced his hand, but XFL will have the benefit of two years of planning and infrastructure placement (as opposed to months) plus a very public, singular commitment to invest $500 million into the project versus a few VC firms, the withdrawal on a whim of any one of which will kill the AAF. I wouldn't bet on either prospering or even surviving. I would bet however, on (i) the XFL outlasting AAF, and/or (ii) XFL and AAF ultimately merging once everything shakes out. No way do both survive though.
  7. Mac the Knife

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Precisely. AAF is doing this the hard, hard way. The result up to this point has been a slapdash effort, in some cases obviously just thrown together. The league still has dozens of key team front ofice jobs available less than 20 weeks before their teams start play, in an industry where there are people who would pay you for the privilege of working in sports. They have good intentions, but no experience. XFL is taking it's time this time around, trying to do it right. They're going to take virtually every second of this two-year ramp up to do things just right. They've made a minimum half billion dollar capital contribution to its success. They learned the lesson all sports leagues should: that you don't announce anything until it's locked down, tight.
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    NFL Unveils Logo for 100th Anniversary Season

    Anyone else getting a "The More You Know" vibe from this?
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    NFL Merry-Go-Round: Relocation Roundelay

    My source for that is the L.A. Times, so I'm guessing... it's pretty much set.
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    NFL Merry-Go-Round: Relocation Roundelay

    He rephased the project, rebudgeted key elements of it, and then executed contracts with a bunch of corporate partners with language specifying that the site would host 20 NFL games per year. He can't to do it now even if he wanted to.
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    NFL Merry-Go-Round: Relocation Roundelay

    They are... but then again, they aren't. There is one scenario where the Chargers could get out... they could find a team that wants to take their place and is willing to assume its obligations, then do a franchise swap, a la the Philadelphia Eagles/Pittsburgh Pirates swap in 1940 or the Baltimore Colts/Los Angeles Rams swap in 1973. Perhaps a Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals or Buffalo Bills decide to leave. They make an overture to Spanos (or whomever owns them at that point) and cut a deal: the Jags/Bengals/Bills assume the L.A. obligations, freeing up the Chargers to go back to San Diego, or to go to some other market. It wouldn't necessarily be a smart play, but it's one that's at least technically possible.
  12. Mac the Knife

    If You Ruled The World of Sports

    Don't forget "unlimited power." "Drugs" are a generic term. How far do you extend it? Just to PEDs? To cocaine, heroin, meth, etc.?
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    NFL Merry-Go-Round: Relocation Roundelay

    I'll kill Orlando for those of you thinking of it - per the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, part of the City of Orlando is within the boundaries of the home territory of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Home territories extend 75 miles in every direction from the exterior corporate limits of the home city - which, in Tampa's case, takes out about 1/5th of Orlando. Exceptions can be made to this of course (Baltimore/Washington; Oakland/San Francisco; New York and Los Angeles), but usually they involve an indemnification payment to whoever's territory is being encroached upon. Actually, San Diego and Los Angeles were in territorial conflict technically speaking as well. San Antonio, meanwhile, might get quashed by a Jerry Jones, but if enough owners saw fit to put a team there, there's nothing he'd be able to do about it - San Antonio infringes on neither Houston nor Dallas' home territories.
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    As someone who periodically pays $15 to see the Durham Bulls? I disagree. They're not that high on the professionalism scale. At least not before playing a friggin' game. The trick will be not spending into oblivion for player talent. In that realm, the XFL will kick AAF's ass all over the block if it comes down to merely writing checks.