You can set your watch by how fast it takes the race hustlers to show up. The Hawks need to follow the Braves to Cobb County. That will fix their demographic problem of attracting enough fans who are capable of spending attending and spending money. Silver will have to console himself spending his sales proceeds. Ferry has a very good record of producing winners but that might not be enough to overcome the reverends wanting his scalp.
Your forgot Doumit. He's taking $3.5 million. They need to find a hitting coach or hire guys who can already hit.
As my kids would say, I'm so over the Braves - at least until next April. This has been the most frustrating season I can remember. At least in the 70s and 80s, expectations were always low.
They need to follow the Braves out to Cobb County or move to Gwinnett. I can hear the hue and cry now about it being a racist motivated move when it's pure and simple economics. AND they would be near MDXG's headquarters (just to keep this thread on track!) The Flames moved to Canada years ago for demographic reasons - lots more hockey fans who all happened to be Caucasians and no one, except the Atlanta Yankees, shed a tear. Traffic in downtown Atlanta is horrible especially when a sporting event is going on.
Sounds like a Federal subsidy opportunity for minority fans at Hawks' games. Personally, I think one should be able to use EBT cards at sporting events.
3X his investment in 5 years. Not as good as MDXG but not bad. I read what was purportedly in the emails. If he'd replaced the word "white" with "black", no news and he'd still be stuck with the team. the guy's brilliant!
I've heard and read the same. Throw me in that briar patch. Sadly he made an observation or two in an email. I think a lot of folks have made the same observation.
I'm not giving up, just trying not to be irrationally exuberant. They're in a position because of their schedule to make their own luck with 6 games left with DC. I'm not counting on a division championship, just a wild card. Unfortunately, just getting past a play in game will probably be challenging. I don't recall too many other seasons as frustrating as this one.
"Slip through the back door" is the operative phrase. Unfortunately, they're more likely to go on a 6 game losing swoon than a six game win streak. It will be interesting if there are changes made at the top after the season or if Malone is content for them to merely stay competitive through September.
They've got some very promising young players and one of the better minor league systems. The new stadium will next door to one of the most productive generators of Gringo baseball talent, the East Cobb League. The had 23 kids in just this year's MLB draft. They've produced several hundred kids who have played at some level in the pros.
Last night they actually showed some signs of life - not enough to get a wildcard but some signs of life. Ted Turner had a passion for the team, not so much Time Warner and I think with John Malone it's a corporate asset of Liberty Media to be exploited. As long as they're competitive into September, that's the standard they'll accept. This looks like the year they won't be competitive in September and maybe a head or two will roll in October. John Schuerholz is now in his mid 70s and might retire by his own volition or Liberty's. His teams had two World Championships (Royals and Braves). He can ride into the sunset with his head high.
Yep. This has been painful but as I pointed out before, they mercifully played on the west coast so didn't have to watch it. My wife calls me a fair weather fan but I've been following them since they got to Atlanta which includes some of the worst baseball ever played. I'll take Gattis even with lack of defensive skills. Having a tricky back myself, I can't imagine squatting in a catcher's stance night after night. Mediocre or poor defense at catcher isn't a new situation. Too bad there's not 6 or 7 more Molina brothers.
No offense taken here. In fact, that's what I told my wife this morning. She was offended and told me and didn't have faith.
When they go to the west coast, I don't watch them because it's too late and with the way they're playing, I might not watch them on the east coast either. Pitchers aren't pitching and hitters aren't hitting. The last few weeks were supposed to be the easy part of the season. They've only been saved because Washington isn't playing that well either and they're "only" 3 1/2 games out of first. It's painful.
Not asked but I agree with the orthodontist. I'd love to hold this until $30+ but I believe it's gone closer to $15. Like several folks on this board, I'm acquaintances with insiders. They're professionals in terms of scrupulously not disclosing insider information but I believe there's a sentiment of "we're out at $15". The average age of the directors is just shy of 70 (Pete's 74) and none of them feel they need to prove anything.
I have a bank in my portfolio that announced this AM that they were being merged. It wasn't as much as I wish but in this market, a win is a win is a win - the only green on my screen today!
He's also showing $2M of operating income and $1.4M of net income in the 2014Q4. I assume this is based on not only his modeling but discussions with management. I'm somewhat surprised that with all the hiring of salesmen they can generate operating income so soon. I hope management has managed expectations well. They've done a superb job so far.
He's going to have change his analysis after Bill Taylor's analysis of the tiny impact of the 2015 change in reimbursement. If he doesn't he's in effect calling management liars which he probably isn't concerned about either.
I was there and thought Taylor made an excellent presentation of just how de minimis the 2015 change in reimbursement will be to the company's topline. I didn't follow the contribution of ETF hedging to the huge increase in the short position completely and don't know if management knows its impact entirely but left the meeting unconcerned by that position. I'm here until we realize enterprise value by the sale of the entire company. Management exudes a very understated confidence in the company's shareholders' ultimate realization of its intrinsic value in a year or two for those who are patient. The yapping of the pusillanimous nabobs of negativism is eliminated by the use of "ignore user".