Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
"This one is for all the sports fans out there. You may know that the NBA Players Union has recently elected to disband and file suit against the NBA. You may have also heard that the specific type of lawsuit filed by the players (in multiple jurisdictions) is an “Antitrust” lawsuit. But what does all of this actually mean for the league, the players, and your favorite NBA team?
An antitrust claim means essentially this: The parties being sued are accused of participating in an agreement that unreasonably restrained trade in the market. In this case, the parties being sued make up the NBA; which is a collection of the teams and owners.
The first element of the claim the plaintiffs (the NBA players) have to prove is the existence of a “market.” There are two types of markets involved in this case: output and input markets. Output markets have to do with things that generate revenue, such as the games, TV deals, and merchandise. Input markets have to do with the products themselves, which, in this case are the players and coaches.
The second part of an antitrust claim that must be proven is the anticompetitive effect that the defendant (NBA’s) actions have on the market. An example of this (taken from a Major League Baseball antitrust case) would be if all the owners got together and agreed that they would not pay any player (free agent) over a certain dollar figure. Proving the anticompetitive effect on the market can be difficult. In the case of the NBA, the players are claiming that the owners conspired to “boycott players” attempting to force them to take massive reductions in compensation.
The final piece of the antitrust suit puzzle for the NBA players is establishing that the teams who make up NBA have available to them less restrictive (less anticompetitive) alternatives.
The NBA will have the opportunity to defend these claims with procompetitive justifications. They will give an economic justification for each of the actions that the players claim to be anticompetitive. Some of these defenses will be very persuasive.
It is worth remembering that the NBA has lost antitrust suits in the past. Back in the mid 80’s, when the San Diego Clippers’s moved to Los Angeles, a court upheld a jury’s finding that requiring approval of every NBA team regarding the move of another team was an unreasonable restraint on trade.
The bottom line is that while antitrust claims are very hard to prove, the cases will often settle out of court because the stakes are very high for defendants. In this case, if the NBA looses, owners will feel the pain as damages awarded in antitrust suits are automatically tripled.
Keep an eye on our firm’s twitter feed for more updates on the NBA antitrust case."
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
The Rangers are now just four wins away from their first title. A World Series victory would complete the circle of every major sports team in Dallas/Fort Worth winning a title. The Cowboys have won multiple Super Bowls, the Stars won the 1998-99 Cup of Lord Stanley (and they're off to a hot start to this season), and the Mavericks won this past year. It is probably why Dallas/Fort Worth has been named sports city of the year.
Anyway, all I know is that Wednesday night, this lifelong Ranger fan will care of nothing else except seeing the Rangers finally complete a championship run. It's been a great two years, but this is their time to win. There are definitely a lot of things wrong with baseball in the summer, but there is nothing wrong with baseball in the fall...Wait apart from some of the worst baseball broadcasting of the year, with examples being the horrendous Joe Buck, the annoying Tim McCarver, and the stupid and annoying Buck Martinez. Anyway, that's not the point of this blog.
I want to congratulate the Cardinals on making it this far, but your "magical" run over the last month and a half will fall short to a few "Cruz Missiles" from NC17 and the "Year of the Napoli" will make you wish you'd let Atlanta make the postseason instead of you.
So I hope everyone has an awesome time celebrating this season for Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and the Rangers. Oh yeah, feel free to follow me on Twitter: @JLanzillo4.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I hate that fan who wears a jersey or hat or shirt from another team not playing in the game. You go to a Texas Rangers and they are playing the Minnesota Twins. Normal enough you're gonna see plenty of Texas gear, and some Twins gear, because let's be honest Texas is a transplant state (people move here from places like New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Ohio, etc. all the time, I mean come on, we have plenty of jobs and no state income tax...). But while you're at that Rangers v. Twins match-up you see some douche bag fan rocking a Derek Jeter t-shirt jersey.
I understand if you're a Yankees fan. I understand if you're a Yankees fan in D/FW watching a game at the ballpark. I understand if you're a Yankees fan at the Rangers game rocking Yankee gear when the Bronx Bombers are in Arlington playing a game. What I don't understand is why you're wearing an ugly navy New York jersey at a game featuring no teams from the northeast at all. I mean I would even not mind a Yankees fan rocking his gear if the Red Sox were in town...
I hate it. You're not cool because you own a Jeter shirt. You look like a total douche. But there is of course one thing worse than that: when a fan is rocking a team from a different sport and area then the teams currently playing. Imagine yourself at the same previously mentioned game featuring the Rangers and Twins. You're just enjoying a well pitched game by C.J. Wilson, and bam, in walks a fan rocking a Lakers jersey. Some loser just rocked a purple and gold tank top jersey to a baseball game that (1) had no basketball teams playing in it, (2) featured no teams from California, and (3) was likely being played when no basketball was actually going on.
Absolutely ridiculous. So the next time you're at a sporting event, either wear team gear that correlates with the sport and the game being played, or just wear a non-sports related article of clothing. Don't be that douche, it is the opposite of being awesome.
(I apologize for the inconvenience of having no picture to show you what I mean. I couldn't find anything via Google, and I continuously forgot to snap a picture of it at Rangers games this summer. If I happen to see it at any of the remaining games, I promise to snap a shot. So to make up for it for now, here is a snap shot of me in Rangers garb from last years World Series game 3 against San Fransisco with ESPN's Tim Kurkjian. I'm also carrying a drum, just like my grandfather Zonk does.)
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Dallas Christian High School, Junior English class. We were pulled out of class early and taken to our auditorium (where we had chapel daily) and the entire high school was told at the same time. I remember many people were in disbelief, and there was one girl whose dad was in New York at the time for work, and she left to go call home.
As we were young, a lot of the talk was going to war. We weren't really thinking about the people, just revenge, and the day wasn't even over yet.
When we went back to class, we got the news put up, and saw the videos. That's when it really began to set in. Seeing video of the second plane hitting the building and the people all around, it was intense. I remember the bombing in Oklahoma City, it was very similar, but it never really sank in the way 9/11 did. I remember a few years later seeing ground zero. I had been in New York in August a few weeks before the attacks, and this had been my first time back. My brother snapped this shot of the miracle cross.
Today is the 10 year anniversary. I still remember. I won't be forgetting any time soon. We are a proud country, always have been, and always will be. It took almost ten years, but we finally got the man responsible earlier this year. To those family members of men and women who lost their lives that day, my thoughts are with all of you today. We will always honor their loss in this great American tragedy.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Officiating is really pretty horrible in all sports, the NHL may have the best, but that's not saying much. People will often say that, well they're human, they make mistakes. I get that, the occasional missed ball or strike is understandable. But these people ARE in fact getting paid. So how is it that when you're only job is to watch a play, you still blow a call?
Take for example Jim Joyce's blown call (pictured right) last summer that led to a "failed" perfect game. A foot is a lot, even for a play run at full speed. And that is how bad this call was blown. It could even be argued that shitty umpiring cost the Atlanta Braves a win in the playoffs last year, I mean how does an umpire blow this call on the Buster Posey steal (pictured below)? I mean he was clearly out at every angle. What is really crazy is that not a single Brave (including Manager Bobby Cox and infielder Brooks Conrad) went out to argue this safe call...
I guess I had a little bit more to write then I first thought. But the next time you see a blown call in baseball (especially in the playoffs) or in any sport, just remember this, those guys make a lot more money than you probably do, and you are probably better at your job then they are at theirs.
Anyway, look for Part 5 soon, hopefully before the baseball playoffs begin. Until then stay awesome, and enjoy opening weekend to the NFL this week (thank the gods for instant replay...)
Friday, July 29, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
What sucks about this is that it ends up costing you the price of a case to keep your tailgating buzz going during the game. I mean $7 bucks for a Budweiser at the ballgame to quench your thirst, is just an insane mark-up. And it's not like your other options of drinks on a hot summer day are much better. $4-$7 for a water or a soft drink is equally insane. And don't even get me started on the cost of food...
Either way, problem number 3 of summertime baseball is the insane price gouging on food and beverages while you enjoy three hours of sweltering heat under the sun.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The first one that came to mind, is quite possibly, the most annoying action a fan at a baseball came can be a part of. The problem is that despite players and serious fans of the games dislike for it, this trend continues to suck the life out of a game. It's the wave (pictured).
This "tradition" has been ruining games an inning at a time as fans who know absolutely nothing about the game continue to do it. If you want to do the wave, go to a soccer game or something, it's not for baseball. Whoever introduced it to baseball should be shot and banned from the game for life. We don't see this shit in football, hockey, or basketball games, so why should I have to deal with some douche, who probably doesn't know where the short stop plays, stand up in front of me, raising his hands in the air, and likely spilling beer one me? The answer is I shouldn't.
The Texas Rangers have made attempts to ban this by playing a video on the jumbo-tron when the wave gets started declaring the ballpark a "No Wave Zone." Thank you Chuck Morgan for doing what you can for removing this stain of a trend from the ballpark.
Anyway, that's enough of my ranting, check back in a week or so. I have several more blogs coming in this series. If you do happen to see the wave this summer, please do not participate, and feel free to discourage fellow fans to do the same. Stay awesome.
Friday, June 3, 2011
I am going to become a sports agent, and build an empire of hockey and baseball players. I also wouldn't mind representing actors and musicians. If I could build an empire along the lines of CAA, then I'd be one happy law grad.
I have already signed a future NHL blue liner. A former NCAA Div. III All-American and National Champion out of Norwich, Eric Tallent (pictured), as my first client. Hopefully some other hopeful future professional athletes and/or actors/musicians want in on this.
Now I just have to figure a good name for my agency. I wanted it to be Captain Awesome Agency, except that CAA is already a pretty well known name. Does anybody like Big4 Agency?
I could also take on the name the Zonk Group, but instead of the Zonk Group, Inc., I could use the Zonk Group Agency. It's a name that really stands out, and has some local D/FW recognition. Let me know what you think.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
It all started last October when the Texas Rangers went on a magical run through the playoffs to win the American League championship and follow that up with their first appearance in the World Series. Of course this was also the first time they had ever even won a series in the playoffs. So even though they lost to San Fransisco, they still happened to play there, and we even got to see a World Series win here in the metroplex. So the Rangers started this run of championship games.
Of course the Dallas Cowboys were absolutely horrible this year. Fortunately, their owner, Boss Hogg, happened to build a Death Star on the ground in Arlington in the form of Cowboys Stadium. Because of this, the NFL in all their wisdom, decided to have us good folks in D/FW host the Super Bowl, with Fort Worth getting the AFC and Dallas getting the NFC and Arlington getting the game. And yes I was out in Fort Worth the night Big Ben was buying rounds at Pete's Piano Bar, and no I was not at Pete's.
The Dallas Stars ruined an opportunity for a sweep. They had to win the last game of the season, and they came out as gutless as they come and got beat. So there was no playoff hockey in Dallas this year.
Fortunately for American Airlines Center, the major under-dogs to do it, the Dallas Mavericks have marched their way to a 2006 rematch with the hated Miami Heat, and let's be honest no one wants to see the Heat win this thing. Well except maybe the NBA front office and all the officials. Because none of them want to see Cuban's team win. Just as they did five years ago, the shitty officiating will have Wade, Bosh (who's from Dallas) and super Douche Nugget Lebron James (personally Steve Carell had a much better "decision" than James) on the line any time they have the ball and someone is breathing on them.
Either way, D/FW has this year hosted the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the NBA Finals. Not bad for out small little town...
Sunday, May 1, 2011
1:1 Natural Causes
2:1 Killed by own men
6:1 U.S. Spec. Ops got him
10:1 He's not actually dead
15:1 Missile attack
30:1 Alcohol poisoning at the "Royal Wedding" this past weekend.
Update: CIA/U.S. Spec. Ops at 6:1 wins the day according to the POTUS.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
You see, since I can remember, and from what I remember from many St. Patrick's Days of years past, I always remember seeing in live person or on television, instances in which the wee living Hobbits of our world are asked or paid or forced to dress in green and dance for us. We may even be able to get their lucky charms! But how much longer can we force these wee champions to withstand our requests to be entertained while we drink our livers to the end of the rainbow?
I'll tell you how much longer, until it no longer entertains us! What would St. Patrick's Day be without the joyous little people dressed in green and handing out pints of Guinness to all the revelers of this most joyous celebration of Irishmen, alcoholism, shamrocks, and the color green? It would be just another boring day at the bar where some tool who got his hands on a green Affliction t-shirt and a Miller Lite with green dye in it.
If we decide to get tired of midgets in leprechaun drag, then the douche's who drink green light beer win. As a man of Irish descent, and a man who enjoys many of Ireland's craft beers and whiskeys, I refuse to let another holiday succumb to dealing with the Jersey Shore cast at the bar with their green dyed beer. So this year, I decided to make the world know that we must support our little people in leprechaun drag, as I did at the Dash Down Greenville in Dallas this past weekend (see picture).
So until next time, be awesome and be proud of the green tomorrow!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
This is somewhat important for me to note, because while Captain Awesome won't be down there for Mardi Gras, he will be celebrating a bachelor party during the course of spring break, so I will be prepared for flying beads...
A. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no person shall have a cause of action against any krewe or organization, any group traditionally referred to as Courir de Mardi Gras, or any member thereof, which presents Mardi Gras parades, including traditional rural Mardi Gras parades, processions, or runs in which participants ride on horseback, march, walk, or ride on horse-drawn or motordrawn floats, or wheeled beds, or other parades, whether held on a public or private street or waterway, or in a building or other structure, or any combination thereof, connected with pre-Lenten festivities or the Holiday in Dixie Parade, or against any nonprofit organization chartered under the laws of this state, or any member thereof, which sponsors fairs or festivals that present parades or courirs, for any loss or damage caused by any member thereof, during or in conjunction with or related to the parades or courirs presented by such krewe or organization, unless said loss or damage was caused by the deliberate and wanton act or gross negligence of the krewe or organization, or any member thereof as the case may be, or unless said member was operating a motor vehicle within the parade or festival and was a compensated employee of the krewe, organization, or courir. The provisions of this Section shall not be intended to limit the liability of a compensated employee of such krewe or organization for his individual acts of negligence.
B. Any person who is attending or participating in one of the organized parades of floats or persons listed in Subsection A of this Section, when the parade begins and ends between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight of the same day, assumes the risk of being struck by any missile whatsoever which has been traditionally thrown, tossed, or hurled by members of the krewe or organization in such parades held prior to the effective date of this Section. The items shall include but are not limited to beads, cups, coconuts, and doubloons unless said loss or damage was caused by the deliberate and wanton act or gross negligence of said krewe or organization.