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Curbing Bad Behavior/A Brief Note On The Sports Industry

English: Publicity photo of Jackie Robinson as...
English: Publicity photo of Jackie Robinson as an ABC broadcaster for “Major League Championship Baseball”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The $500 billion Sports Industry is one of the most celebrated business entities in the United States of America (USA). Sports have been a game changer in the USA. Rightfully, it should. It is one amongst a few vocations in our culture where individuals  from different ethnicities, socio-economic and educational backgrounds work, respectfully, together for the good of their teams. Whether it’s baseball, football, basketball, soccer or volleyball, sports have lifted many of its participants to greatness in our society. Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, Landon Donovan and Karch Kiraly come to mind as individuals who have succeeded beyond their professional sports careers.

The multi-billion dollars sports entertainment industry is not without ridicule. Critics warned too many inner cities young men are placing all of their hopes on playing professional sports. The harsh reality is most of them will not play one day for a top-tiered professional sports team. It has been reported, it’s easier to become a doctor, lawyer or business owner than to succeed in a  “top-tiered professional” sports career. Then why is there so much youth interest in sports? There are many answers to the aforementioned question. For this blog post, I recognized three: 1) the ability to earn a lucrative salary 2) the excitement of being able to travel all over the world, with expenses paid and 3) the notoriety and adulation players received from their fans are both inspiring and motivating.

In the future, I hope sports athletics will obtain the appropriate training to manage their finances; too many of them are leaving their sports careers bankrupt after earning millions of dollars . It is the athlete and his or her advisors responsibility to manage their earnings. Sports have helped in a magnanimous manner to bridge the race relations gap. Let’s hope it also continues to assist young men and women retain fortunes for their descendants.

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Virgin America

English: A Virgin America airliner (N627VA) at...
English: A Virgin America airliner (N627VA) at Los Angeles International Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently while travelling roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York on Virgin America airline, I was reminded why I have always been a fan of this top-notched and premium airlines. From the easy of checking my luggage in to the service rendered on board the well-kept airliner, I was treated in a first class manner. I was pleasantly surprised my decision not to purchase an upgrade for my trip to New York was a good one. The seating I obtained was more than adequate. Lots of space for my legs; they (my legs) were not cramped up against the back of the seat ahead of mine. This was a welcome change from recent unpleasant experiences I had on several of Virgin America’s competitors.

It was refreshing to note everyone on the airline were friendly and polite. It was different from the sometimes rudeness which occurs while one is travelling on airliners. Everything was graceful, the stewards and stewardess were very helpful and made me felt they were enjoying their jobs.While reading documents I took on the trip with me, I was reminded how it felt to be travelling in a first class manner. In the mid 1990s, I had the pleasure of going on tour with my then employer, the legendary producer and philanthropist Quincy Jones. On several occasions, we had the opportunity – due to Mr. Jones’ status with Time Warner; he was one of the company’s ambassadors – to travel on Time Warner’s private jet. Since I had never been on a private jet, the experience to travel where every seat was first class was a perk I will always remembered. My recent Virgin America trip was not as private, pleasurable and comfortable as travelling on Time Warner’s jet, but it ranked at the top on the scale of commercial travelling.

Sir Richard Branson, the audacious, big-thinker and enormously successful founder of Virgin America, is an entrepreneur who has undertaken challenging projects and made them successful. I am betting he’ll do the same for the five-year old Virgin America. The San Francisco, California based airline has won several of the industry top awards. Yet, it is not one of the most successful carriers in the airline industry. Competitors’ low pricing and not enough routes in its network has caused Virgin America to post recent loses in the second quarter of 2012. Virgin America currently flies to sixteen destinations in the United States and three in Mexico.

I plan – in the future – on making Virgin America my airline of choice.

 

 

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/The Dream Team

English: At the 25th Olympic games David Robin...
English: At the 25th Olympic games David Robinson, at that time US Navy Reserves, makes a field goal during the game between the “Dream Team” and Puerto Rico. Robinson scored 14 points and played 21.51 minutes of the game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every once in a while watching television can be memorable and emotional. My experience last Saturday, February 9, 2013 viewing the documentary, “The Dream Team,” on HBO was a memorable moment. I laughed, cried, got goose-pimpled and even jumped up from my couch a few times. It was a wonderful sensation to watch the greatest basketball players of their era representing the United States of America (USA) with humidity, pride, skill and passion during the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. I was enlightened by the fact that several enduring friendships developed amongst members of The Dream Team, even though these gentlemen competed fiercely against each other on a nightly basis when they are  playing for  their respective teams in the USA. Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks became good friends, Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz developed a lasting friendship and Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls and Chuck Daly, the coach of the Detroit Pistons and coach of the 1992 USA Olympics Basketball Team, were inseparable playing golf everyday. This was ironic since Coach Daly devised the plan to stop Jordan’s scoring – whenever he was playing for the Chicago Bulls – against Daly’s Detroit Pistons.

The magic – no pun intended, Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers was one of the team’s captains – these gentlemen created at the 1992 Summer Olympics will live forever in the hearts and minds of everyone who witnessed their basketball prowess and well-behaved manner. I saw several of the games on television back in the summer of 1992, but hearing the back stories and observing the joy the players expressed telling the stories were priceless. The Dream Team is the first and only team which has all of its members inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. They are described by journalists as the best “team” ever assembled. They won their games during the 1992 Summer Olympics by an average of 44 points per game and captured the gold medal. What an achievement!

Charles Barkley, who all the players remarked was the most adoring ambassador for the USA Basketball Dream Team in Barcelona, is now an analyst for TNT basketball show, “Inside The NBA.” I understand the reason “Sir Charles,” Barkley’s nickname, is the most popular basketball analyst on television. His larger than life, speak truth to power and engaging personality are captivating characteristics which basketball fans, worldwide, embraced .

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Honesty and Integrity Matter

 

Ethics & Legal

I am presently concerned about the safety of my family. I returned this past weekend from an out-of-town trip (I went home to Brooklyn, New York to my brother’s funeral) to find my private property had been vandalized. I live in Altadena, California. So, why would anyone be concerned about my endorsement yard signs supporting John Kennedy for Pasadena City Council, District 3? Hmmm….It “might” be because one of John’s opponents (Ismael Trone) is my neighbor. If you missed my driveway, you’ll end up in his. It must be difficult for him (Trone) to come to his home  and observe John’s sign in my yard. So, I am wondering if Mr. Trone or someone affiliated with his campaign might have removed my yard signs from my private property over the weekend? After all, I have never had a problem with my yard signs in the past 15 years. How stupid is the behavior for someone to take my yard signs in Altadena for an election taking place in Pasadena?

Over the past several months, I have observed Mr. Trone several times either going in or coming out of his garage next door to my home. As a matter of fact, about three weeks ago, I was walking up my driveway to enter my car which was parked on the street and simultaneously he (Trone) was backing out his garage. It was about 9:30 am. He rolled his car window down and asked me why we are not speaking and when we would begin speaking again. I responded “I cannot trust you, so why would I speak to you.” He further tried to engage me as I entered my car. I proceeded to asked him to please move his car since he was blocking my path and I had nothing else to say to him.

I am supporting John Kennedy for Pasadena City Council, District 3, because he can be trusted, he is educated and sophisticated, he has integrity, experience and he is a leader. Mr. Trone is the director of our neighborhood association (Farnsworth Park Neighborhood Association) in Altadena and is running for political office in Pasadena. It is being reported he is living in an apartment over his office in Pasadena. C’mon, who does he thinks he is fooling?

I am going on record, because I was minding my own business and my private property (my souvenir President Barack Obama/Joe Biden 2008 Campaign yard sign was also stolen) was vandalized over the weekend. Also, “first and foremost,” I am concerned for the “safety of my wife” who is now agitated about strangers and maybe even a neighbor creeping around our property at night taking our private possessions. Furthermore, as election day nears, I am anxious about potential future incidents at our property. Let me also say for the record, “We are not afraid.” My wife and I are Christians and we have our God looking over us. We mind our own business and strive to live our “best life” devoid of drama.

Here is my message to Ismael Trone. “You consistently attempted to get in my lane to trip me up. Now, you know why I have NEVER TRUSTED YOU.” I will report this incident to the Police/Sheriff Department, so that my wife and I can sleep at night without worrying about someone creeping around on our property.

This is the United States of America and in this country one has the right to erect any yard signs they desire on their properties. As my friend John continues to add to his list of stellar endorsements, Congresswoman Judy Chu endorsed him yesterday and Supervisor Mike Antonovich endorsed him last week, I am resolved on helping him become the next Pasadena City Councilman in District 3. Honesty and Integrity matter.

 

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