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Mushnick’s reality check

July 3, 2009

This morning Phil Mushnick, sports muckraker extraordinaire, takes batting practice against one of our favs, Bud Selig. For those of you new or passing through, that was a joke. Bud Selig has, from this blogger’s not so always humble perch, singlehandedly ruined a spectacular professional sport and turned it into QVC.

Mushnick: “By now, I suppose, we’re supposed to accept it, roll with it. Baseball’s Selig Era cultivated a strain of shamelessness that trades common sense and common decency for, well, how much ya got? So, take it or leave it. And get over it.

I’m trying. But it’s not taking.”

And then Mushnick does what any self-respecting (football) fan would do- he takes a step back and sees that Goodell and the NFL are going down that same path:

Incidentally, when the Giants and Jets don’t sell out because of their PSL ticket extortions, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to change the TV blackout rules rather than risk the New York market. And he’ll claim that the bad economy is to blame. But Giants and Jets patrons have remained through previous hard times. The economy will be blamed for the NFL’s greed.”

Here, I believe Mushnick may err on a minor technicality.. The Giants (and Jets) will likely sell out. You just won’t see all the seats filled. The Giants will find some corporate s**kers to pony up the dough for the remaining $20K PSLs and $700 seats that serve all you can eat. Oh, and how we wish that Mushnick will be right and somehow, some way, they all do not get sold. The embarrassment will be palpable. As it is, the Giants should be embarrassed that their hardcore fans passed up on PSLs in DROVES. And that is the reality, the perspective that Mushnick reminds us of today.

Just remember that games ending at midnight in winter time, 18 game seasons going through the month of February, PSLs, flex game schedules that hold ticket holder schedules hostage, cable pilfering.. these are just SOME of the many ways that the NFL is going to war to grab every last dollar from your wallet.

If you are reading this blog it means you are passionate about the Giants and NFL football. The voice of this blog, along with people like Mushnick, want to remind you that at a certain price, it is not worth it anymore. It was a very sad day when one of this blogger’s best friends, a guy who I went to the 1986 NFC Championship with, could not stay up for the end of the Panther game this December. He had work (early enough) the next morning and smartly, that was his priority. There once was a time when games did not flex and December games were played in the sunshine at 1PM. Today, they know they’ll get someone to buy the seat, so they put it on television to max out the dollar. Tomorrow? That is someone else’s problem. Tomorrow they will have Selig-ed themselves out when people stop attending and even stop viewing. 500 saves? What’s a save?


May 16, 2009

1) Mushnick: Roger Goodell does a pretty good Selig impersonation. The Giants and Jets are pricing tens of thousands of second- and third-generation ticket holders out of their seats and/or out of new PSL Stadium, and Goodell boasts to ESPN Radio that in bad times, “24 of our 32 teams did not increase ticket prices.” Hooray!

2) Eli and Abby Manning made a donation to start a birthing center at St. Vincent’s in NYC. Nice work.

3) Safety sighting?

4) Plaxico sighting.

5) The Eagles bid for Boldin before the draft.

6) Giants and Eagles amongst the tops in offseason moves for 2009 season. We agree. Implying that Barden is “polished” is getting a little carried away. The additions of guys like Canty and Boley can really make this defense hum. Terrell Thomas started to play well as the season finished up, so if he and/or Phillips goes to the next level … look out. At next week’s minicamp OTA we will learn a lot more about whether any of our offensive rookies have the kind of game to make their presence felt in 2009. Naturally most eyes will be on Nicks.

Part 7: PSLs through the eyes of Phil Mushnick and Roger Goodell

March 15, 2009

This morning, Phil Mushnick has taken a seat in the PSL stadium and he does not like the view. Echoing the opinions expressed here on the Ultimatenyg New York Giants football blog, the words are unambiguous.

“..the most disgraceful, greed- based story in NFL history”

“the Giants are.. desperate to find suckers to purchase personal seat licenses”

The latest wrinkle that Mushnick uncovers in this PSL mess is how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defends the Jets and Giants seat licenses as ‘good investments’ while the Jets explicitly say otherwise.

Warren Buffett defines an investment’s return as the sum of (the present value of future) retained earnings over the period of the holding. So for PSLs, they are licenses, not shares. When the stadium closes in ~30-35 years (about the length of the current Giants Stadium), it will be worth zero. Check the fine print, I am sure it says that the license is for this new stadium, not a license forever. Add that you have to PAY for all preseason and seasons tickets, and that is the reverse of a dividend. Yes, you get entertainment, but no, the endpoint of the license WILL be zero. And just for the exclamation point, we’ll throw in there that in 30-35 years, if you hold the license until it is worthless, you (or your heirs) will be on the queue to pay for another stadium (license) yet to be built.

Pre Free Agency moves, and a little reality check from Phil Mushnick

February 20, 2009

1) Giants tell Butler to check out free agency and keep them posted.

2) The Browns, Texans and Cardinals are rumored to be interested in Derrick Ward, who is asking for $4M/yr when he turns free agent next week.

3) ESPN’s rumor central has decent buzz.

4) You hear it on this New York Giants football blog all the time, but it is so much more than a lesson in the business world: CONFRONT THE BRUTAL FACTS. So how many of you are surprised when we learn that Shockey will be attending the New Orleans Saints’ off-season program? Brees is the boss down there, and Shockey is finally getting the discipline he needed, something the Giants coaches/players were unable to give him.

4a) On a separate note, at the end of the previous link, they mention the Vilma signing possibility wrt the deadline and the Giants draft pick. If you recall, we mentioned this many moons ago that it would NEVER EVER happen because even if Vilma got all the snaps and needed to be re-signed, the Saints would simply post-date the deal and negate the clause. Shady, yes, but it is done all the time, and there is nothing you can do about it. We’re getting the #2.

5) One of the core themes this blog highlights whenever given the opportunity: protect the integrity of the game or else you have no game. So we get a reminder from Phil Mushnick of the NY Post about what that means. He exposes the blatant hypocrisy of baseball in its simplest form. We are supposed to believe that Donald Fehr held the sport of baseball hostage, that the Union would never let Selig and the owners get steroids tested for in any contract. Bullbrown. BULLBROWN. Take the low road. Do you like the view?

A few of the typically less memorable moments with Mike and the Dog

August 17, 2008

Well, Mushnick did not do a top 10 list of Mike and the Dog’s rudest and lowest moments, but we’ll cobble together a few which surfaced in today’s column:

Early in the season on his radio and TV shows, Mike Francesa dismissed the Rays as aberrations. “Get back to me in August,” became his mantra. A caller, Monday, reminded him that it’s August and the Rays are in first. Francesa blew him off.

Two Chris Russo word-challenged WFAN moments always will stand out above 5,000 others:

When, shortly after 4 p.m. he would read the closing numbers on the NASDAQ, he also would be given the numbers of popular computer company stocks. Thus, one afternoon Russo told his audience that, “Yoo-hoo was up one and an eighth.”

The other was from a Saturday solo show, when Russo addressed a new studio staffer:
“Robert, what’s your last name?”
“Hassadi,” he replied.
Russo said he would never be able to deal with that name, so, he asked, “How about if I call you R.H.?”
“How about M.H.?” the staffer suggested.
“Why M.H.?” asked Russo.
“Because my first name is Michael.”

Mike and the Mad Dog are done

August 15, 2008

For those of you Giants fans still here in the Metro NY Area, you probably heard that Mike and the Mad Dog are done. You can count on Mushnick to call it the way it is, no holds barred. Mushnick was a huge critic of their daily hypocrisy and his column built a cottage industry out of knocking (off the low-hanging fruit of) the two WFAN crybabies. Mike and the Mad Dog knew it all, and they were the first ones to tell you! I’ll miss their coverage, but I won’t miss their arrogance.

Phil, I love ya, but what are you going to do now for material? Oh, right, they just had babies, Russo is going to Sirius, now you’ll get to expose TWO programs instead of one!