Ask Gary: What can Vinik teach other owners?

by Gary Shelton on June 6, 2015 · 8 comments

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The Lightning pack Amalie Arena with average attendance of 18,800 per game during the regular season -- 98% capacity -- although it is much more expensive to go a hockey game than a Rays' game. On the other hand, the Rays are not filling the Trop to even 50% of capacity. I understand that the Rays have twice as many home games as the Lightning and there is all the melodrama regarding stadium location, etc.  But still, might there be something Stu Sternberg could learn from Jeff Vinik regarding how to have a successful franchise?

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I think a lot of sports owners, including Sternberg, could learn a great many things from Vinik, who  is probably the most beloved Tampa Bay sports owner in the history of ever. The

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scott myers June 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Regarding FIFA and corruption of foreign sports bodies, there is corruption where the worst thing happening is that already rich crooks are getting even richer via bribes, etc. But FIFA is far worse, because enslaved workers are dying in Qatar, solely because Qatar was wrongly awarded the 2022 World Cup. To date about 1,200 workers have died and the death rate is on a trajectory to reach 4,000 deaths by the time the games are played in 2022. This is an ‘order of magnitude’ more criminal than the illegal bribes. The workers’ deaths should be the main focus of the FIFA corruption story, and the rest of the ill deeds should just be background noise. Sepp Blatter and his cronies should be tried for murder, and the sooner the better!

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Rick Martin June 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Thanks Scott for bringing those points to the surface. I don’t follow international soccer, but what you bring up is pretty significant.

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scott myers June 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Hi Rick,

Thanks for reading my comment. Hopefully the narrative will shift focus towards the deaths of the workers as this scandal continues to be scrutinized.

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Gary Shelton June 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

It has been very difficult to ascertain the number of deaths. Human rights organizations have called on Quatar to publish its own numbers of the deaths. Many of these stats are from construction in general, not just of the world cup facets. But there is no doubt of the horrible working conditions in the intense sun. Whether you believe it’s 1,200 or not, it’s far too many. Agreed?

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scott myers June 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Gary – Agreed, When does the trial start?

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Gary Shelton June 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

I’m ready.

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Rick Martin June 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

Thanks Gary – very interesting responses as usual.

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Gary Shelton June 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Good questions. You guys make this fun.

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