By Rock Mayock 9:00 p.m. | Happy belated New Year to all of our wonderful readers! While 2013 was a relatively quiet year from the FOOTBALLPHDS, 2014 already shows the promise of greatness. This year, the FOOTBALLPHDS are prepared to deliver unparalleled insight into the worlds of college football, professional football, economy/finance, and entertainment. As a teaser for what is to come, we will issue the following high level overview of this year’s hot topics.
By Rock Mayock 11:00 p.m. | Throughout the month of September, the FOOTBALLPHDS exhaustively explored the death spiral concept. The death spiral is unique because it applies to all industries. Manufacturing, entertainment, technology, retail, service and even the NFL are all potential victims of the death spiral. For those of our wonderful readers who are not caught up on their homework, please accept the following definition of what constitutes a death spiral.
By Jaboner Jackson 12:30 p.m. | Yesterday, Jason Cole of the National Football Post (NFP) took its shot at the NFL in LA by relaying a story that "NFL sources" has the Hollywood Park facility in Inglewood, CA as a contender for securing an NFL team--or two. While interesting reading, NFP failed to understand that the "NFL sources" were once again drumming up disingenuous talking points for their own machinations. Although footballphds.com wishes otherwise, the NFL in LA is as of this writing not happening. The best shots at returning the NFL to Los Angeles for years--Farmers Field and LA Stadium--are dead, the result of NFL shenanigans and AEG disinterest. Nonetheless, the NFL needs to have Los Angeles as a negotiating ploy for stadium deals that have yet to be done in Oakland, San Diego, and St. Louis. NFP fell for the bait. However, Angelenos should not.
By Rock Mayock 8:00 p.m. | Throughout the summer, Jaboner Jackson has chronicled the slow demise of the NFL by virtue of the “death spiral.” Installment one of this multi piece evaluation detailed the NFL’s evolution into the No Fun League, installment two detailed the potential perils of on field safety issues and installment three detailed market saturation and fan fatigue. Tonight we will evaluate an innocent bystander of the NFL’s death spiral, The Tilted Kilt and other similar chain sport bars.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | This summer, footballphds.com began to explore the threats facing the NFL in the upcoming years, which we refer to as the NFL Five Factor Death Spiral. In Part 1, we examined the No Fun League. In Part 2, we looked at Legitimate Safety Concerns. And in Part 3, we investigated Fan Fatigue. Today, we resume our analysis by looking at the NFL in LA and Stadium Shenanigans.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Despite posturing in the media by Miami Dolphins' owner Steve Ross after a failed legislative attempt to bring to the residents of Miami-Dade County a vote regarding renovations for Sun Life Stadium, the Dolphins are not relocating to Los Angeles. Any media noise or speculation to the contrary is wrong. Despite the efforts by AEG and Majestic Realty over past few years to get Farmers Field and Los Angeles Stadium off the ground, Los Angeles remains only a bargaining chip for the NFL--and increasingly one which no municipality should take seriously.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Last week, I reviewed the developments regarding the NFL in LA that have occurred while I have been away in Brazil (Brasil) during the past year. As our Wonderful Readers are aware, the NFL in LA has imploded in my absence. AEG's Farmers Field died, Majestic Realty's Los Angeles Stadium remained the forgotten stepchild, and the NFL pretended to still be interested in Los Angeles as a football market. Today, FOOTBALLPHDS looks ahead to the cloudy future of the NFL in LA by examining what went wrong with Farmers Field and LA Stadium and where the NFL will next place its interest.