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Thursday, May 07, 2021

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To hear Jimmy Buffett sing it, he once made enough money to buy Miami, but he pissed it away so fast.

Fortunately, he managed to save enough of that lost grass-stash to buy a small but prominent chunk of the town: The naming rights to Dolphin Stadium, which will soon be known as Landshark Stadium.

Buffett’s Margaritaville enterprise includes Landshark Lager, brewed by Anheuser-Busch.

Buffett and new Dolphins owner Stephen Ross are friends. They plan to unveil a new logo for the stadium at a private event Friday, where Buffett will perform a song inspired by the Dolphins.

For once, a truly synergistic branding of a sports facility. Buffett and south Florida are practically joined at the hip, so there’s no conceptual stretch in this union. True, business is business, and the beer is more the focus of this sell than Buffett himself (or “Fins”, the inspirational song, for that matter). Still, better than some bank or oil company.

I’ll take the opportunity to co-opt some credit for getting this deal done: Three weeks ago, this blog’s traffic logs detected a Google Search visit from Dolphin Stadium, querying “naming rights prices”. So presumably, whatever pricetag the ‘Fins extracted from Buffett was determined, in part, with research from my permalinking fingers — yikes.

Too bad I wasn’t brought deeper into the negotiating process. I’d have pushed for a name like “Buffett Bowl”. Or maybe Parrothead Park.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/07/2021 08:31pm
Category: Florida Livin', Football, Pop Culture, SportsBiz
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Despite not currently being in any sort of legal trouble, the following quote from Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” sprung to mind this morning:

“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble… “the law is a ass — a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor…”

Neverminding the context that inspired Bumble’s admonition: That in Victorian England, he was ultimately responsible for the crimes that his wife committed. The broken grammar makes it sing.

My first exposure to this little gem was via the world of comic books — specifically the fanboy-obsessive underworld that was thriving back in the ’80s. Specifically, comic-universe legal expert (there’s a niche if there ever was one) Bob Ingersoll dubbed his column “The Law Is A Ass”. I’m shocked to have found it online — and not all that surprised to see that it’s six years dead now.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/07/2021 10:49am
Category: Pop Culture, Publishing, Wordsmithing
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