Well, that didn't take long. Just 5 days after the UAW and General Motors struck a deal there are already people complaining that they don't like the agreement and questions about whether or not it will be the pattern and language of the contracts Ford and Chrysler strike with the union. I'm not surprised, to hear the complaints.
There is no team in professional sports that works harder to get season ticket holders than the New Jersey Nets. I’ve been to homes where they’ve catered a party for a high net worth season ticket holder to try to convince his friends to buy seats. And I’ve been to a playoff game where Nets general manager Ed Stefanski gave a speech to wavering season ticket holders at halftime to convince them to commit to another season.
Let's start by saying that, technically, the New York Mets didn't lose anything. That's because any financial loss assumes that they would have made the playoffs to begin with. While that's a good assumption, considering that they were up by seven games with 17 games to go, I'm just pointing out that any losses aren't coming directly out of owner Fred Wilpon's pocket
On a regular basis, I get some variation of this question: Which one of the Big 3 has the best shot at picking up market share and giving Toyota and Honda a run for their money. In other words, which one of Detroit's automakers has the pipeline of cars, trucks and SUV's to become the "hot" brand?
For those of you who are living under a rock, the Nintendo Wii is pretty much taking over the world. And frankly, I'm not sure I'm going to be writing this blog after Oct. 22, because the next night "Wii Playground" comes out. Yes, folks it's dodgeball and tetherball on the Wii.
The latest news out of Germany about BMW considering adding a fourth brand to compliment its BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce line-up raises an interesting question. How do you add to one of the most successful auto companies in the world and get it right? It's not as simple as it sounds.
The founder of BET, Robert L. Johnson, just announced he's going into a new business--one that has very little to do with his media background. He's going to be buying and operating car dealerships in the southern and midwest regions of the country, partnering with the McLarty-Landers Automotive Group.
Congratulations to ESPN The Magazine and BusinessWeek for putting together an awesome sports business issue. It's a must-read if you like the business of sports. Their Power 100 is of course meant to be debated, so I'm going to make a couple comments here.
Just a few hours after I reported the new contract between GM and the UAW, I started hearing this question: "Can GM really boost its bottom line now that its costs have been lowered?" My gut says it can do it, IF the company builds on the improvement of its products in the last couple of years.
A couple of days home sick with daytime television as your nursemaid can tell you a lot about the current state of multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical advertising. Yeah, we all know it's ubiquitous, but there are at least a couple of noticeable new players and an older one hitting the airwaves.
No matter what happens with the New York Knicks sexual harassment trial, the fans won't turn away. All the crisis PR people who keep going on television and talking to the newspapers, whining that the Knicks "brand" is getting damaged, should challenge themselves to come up with a number of people they think will not renew their season tickets solely because of this.
Consumer crisis or not, we're three months and counting until Christmas. Americans will still shop for the holidays but the question is just where they'll buy and how much they'll pay for this year's presents. Will we have a merry or mediocre Christmas?
Rumors are flying about Microsoft's interest in investing in a 5% stake in Facebook--a stake that would value the social networking upstart at some $10 billion dollars. Viacom and Yahoo have both made bids for the company, Google is reportedly interested (though co-founder Sergey Brin told me back in July that they weren't pursuing Facebook) and now Microsoft's offer is shaping up.
"And there are hundreds of small roasters that roast for convenience stores and coffee shops, and they've mimicked our brand. I mean, competition, is it good? I don't like it, I don't need it." So says Jeff Rosen as he and I stand in his Woodside, New York warehouse.
CBS CEO Les Moonves, wanting to dispel concerns that an economic slowdown would hurt ad sales, said that CBS ad sales are up 30% in the current scatter market, at Merrill Lynch's Media conference.
What do Vince Neil of Motley Crue, the Governor of Nevada, O.J. Simpson and I all have in common? We were all in Las Vegas this week and three of us talked to each other. (Sorry Juice but you had split by the time I thought of it.) So what did Vince, the Governor and I talk about? Business.
Free is the big trend these days when it comes to TV and newspaper content on the web. Television networks and newspapers are adopting free, ad-supported models online. They're ditching pay-per-episode and subscription services to go after a bigger audience and higher profits. The new approach? More, more targeted ads.
EBay is exploding with all things O.J. In the past week, 770 Simpson-related items have been sold compared to 337 items in the three months before that time. Not everything is going to come to market, but I thought it would be fun to throw out the best of what might one day emerge.
There was a time when the idea of crude oil hitting $100 a barrel would have sent the auto industry into a panic. Funny, with oil now trading at roughly $82 and with a growing number of forecasters saying $100 is a possibility, the bread and butter big rigs (SUVs, pick-ups, crossovers) are still selling. People still want them, even if there's a greater chance of gas prices rising. Why?
I'm clearly not normal. At least,that's what I understand when I hear that flat panel TVs, GPS systems, computers and video games are at the top of gift request lists again this year. I only bought a new iPod when my old one died (Apple customer service leaves a lot to be desired) and I couldn't begin to tell you any details about my TV, other than it fits my entertainment center nicely...