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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The next time that a big-league sports franchise owner bleats about how much money he’s supposedly losing, keep in mind this statement from Ted Leonsis, the soon-to-be king of the Washington-Baltimore sports market:

“Obviously when you control two major-league teams in a four-team market, and both winter teams, you’re thinking about bringing all that together.” And [sport-business executive Steve Greenberg] was mindful of the way sports franchises have performed as investments; barring mismanagement, they only go up. To which Leonsis, who was among the largest private owners of AOL stock before its ill-advised merger with Time Warner, can attest: “I don’t have a single investment that performed as well or better in the last 10 years than my sports teams,” he says.

Bingo. The two teams in question are the NBA Washington Wizards and NHL Washington Capitals. And the dollar value only goes up in baseball and football. So much for the perpetual poverty claims of the sports moguls.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/11/2021 11:53pm
Category: Basketball, Hockey, SportsBiz
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High above our planet’s atmosphere, a solar-flare-fried satellite is orbiting amok:

As opposed to other zombiesats that just die and drift, Galaxy 15’s systems are fully functioning, with its telecommunications payload (the equipment that relays customer’s transmissions around the globe) fully “on.” And yet the satellite itself refuses to accept commands from Earth…

If Galaxy 15 drifts too close to other satellites, it can steal their signal, thereby interrupting other vendor’s services to customers on Earth. That’s not too good for business, hence the increasingly desperate attempts to “kill” the satellite’s power.

Such a turn of events is unprecedented. Especially the part about stealing other satellites’ signals — in effect, eating their brainwaves. The zombie analogy is complete.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/11/2021 10:57pm
Category: Science, Tech
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I must confess that the latest pearl of wisdom from “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr has left me puzzled:

A clever crow will always paint its feather black.

Not sure what Cookie Number 10 is trying to get across here. Crows are naturally black-feathered, right? Is there some allusion to crows as master camouflagers — a trait I’m not aware of in these birds? Or is this an exhortation to expose your true colors? It’s just not clear.

I don’t think a fortune cookie should leave you with confusion. It’s a nice change of pace from the bland platitudes contained within the previous cookies out of this box, but still. I’ll endeavour to not let the muddled message prey on my mind before the next cookie crumbles.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/11/2021 10:23pm
Category: Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune, Photography
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