Jim Brown

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

THERE ARE BIG BUCKS IN COLLEGE SPORTS! BUT WHO’S GETTING THEM?

With TV income at an all-time high, and with attendance breaking records nationwide, the college football season is off to the most successful start in its history. Football in my home state of Louisiana is the major subject of discussion as the LSU Tigers were ranked number one in the nation by the Associated Press poll for this week. But out of the euphoria and excitement, scandals seem to be breaking out at new schools weekly, with top players being accused of selling memorabilia, and taking cash from adoring fans for a little spending money. Is there something wrong with the present system?

There certainly is a rapidly growing pot of money throughout the college system. Fans pay through the nose to attend major college athletic events.  As an LSU football season ticket holder, I personally pay $840 just for the right to buy my season tickets. The seat ticket, itself, is $54 per game. Similar surcharges are also applied to basketball tickets. So there are big bucks coming into major college programs all over the country. Top-level college sports are big business.  LSU, for example, receives some $100 million in revenue each year from ticket sales, television rights, concessions, parking, and logo sales, which is about five times what the school receives from tuition.

In a recent edition of The New York Times, conservative columnist David Brooks, who generally is on the mark with his observations, yearns for a return of what was portrayed as “the golden age of the amateur ideal.” According to Brooks, “The amateur ideal was a restraining code that emphasized fair play and honor. It held that those blessed with special gifts have a special responsibility to hew to a chivalric code. The idea was to make sport a part of the nation’s moral education.” Continue reading “Jim Brown”

Turn out the lights, the honeymoon’s over

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T-P beat reporters Paul Rioux and Rich Rainey discuss recent rancor between Team Young and the clowns on the Parish Council.

Its a brother in law deal: The noose around Fazzio’s neck draws tighter

Something tells me Stephen London will not be the last attorney to end up DQ’d at the hands of Team Letten. Judge Berrigan isn’t especially known for following the law but I hear the pressure on her to adhere to the straight and arrow on this one is intense.  And why will London not be alone on the sidelines.  The answer to that is in the new Waste Management suit as I think he’ll be joined by Kyle Shonekas of Team Heebe.  At best these guys are witnesses and perhaps co-conspirators.

I bring this all up because we find out the scheme between Mark Titus and Dominick Fazzio to fleece Garner Services was a brother in law deal. “Gate will second this and it is the opinion of Slabbed’s organized crime task force that Fazzio is a Capo and he and Titus may well have stepped out with their Garner Services scheme. Think Henry Hill and the tail end of Goodfellas folks.

Pres IMHO has a good read on the behind the scenes with Team Letten and Fazzio.

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I could not lie to the gentleman….

This morning I was interviewed by a law student at an Ivy League school doing a major research project on alternative dispute resolution.  The idea that gave him the most pause was the notion that if both US Senators are corrupt pieces of crap exactly what kind of Article III judges would they recommend for appointment.  I hope I did not ruin the guy before he ever gets his law license.

I used to say the Slabbed Nation literally stretched from coast to coast but now that we’re international that no longer applies.  :-)

There is power in the good word folks as the eyes of the western world are upon us.

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BREAKING: AROD wins one at the 5th Circuit. His political prosecution is over.

Folks I just got off the phone with Ashton and his nightmare prosecution on trumped-up charges is over. For those of you wanting to catch up with Slabbed’s coverage of the political prosecution of Ashton O’Dwyer can click here.  We’ll have the opinion soon and hopefully Ashton will be back online with us. Behind the scenes certain members of the Slabbed Nation have taken the on the task of getting Ashton a reliable computer as we are not only a Slabbed Nation of bloggers but also an extended family as well. Fractious yes but family nonetheless.

File this one under Sunshine equals justice.

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Rebranding the Democrats: Ditch Obama and get behind Elizabeth Warren.

Late last week Times Picayune pundit Stephanie Grace wrote a column on the call to rebrand the Louisiana democrats who are now on life support giving a local flavor to trend toward the southern states once again chipping in solely with one political party.  I thought of it when I saw the name Elizabeth Warren pop up in the news cycle in the aftermath of President Obama’s online conversation at LinkedIn yesterday.

Anyone that has paid attention to the oversight accorded to George Bush’s last major official act in the financial bailout known as TARP well knows the name Elizabeth Warren.  She was born a southern girl to a middle class family in Oklahoma before making good, landing more recently as the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Committee for the bailout.  She simply took no prisoners and tackled her job in a nonpartisan way that made her a folks hero of sorts to the ordinary people who paid attention to her work. Following is an exchange with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that illustrates that point:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz7ruJw6byQ

I say this because Ms Warren was the logical choice to head the new consumer protection bureau at the Department of Treasury but President Obama was sold out before he arrived in the oval office so that job went to someone else.  I’ve often joked the voters are electing republicans to Congress to send President Obama some much-needed help because he acts mostly like a republican and to a certain extent it is true. Obama had the Bush-era tax cuts expire on his watch and he renewed them almost as a matter of routine before he began to clamor to raise tax rates on the wealthy.  To me it comes across as the height of duplicity. Continue reading “Rebranding the Democrats: Ditch Obama and get behind Elizabeth Warren.”