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NFL lockout, failure of Atlanta Thrashers, and other sports struggles can be blamed on Ronald Reagan

NFL lockout, failure of Atlanta Thrashers, and other sports struggles can be blamed on Ronald Reagan
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS

If and when the Atlanta Thrashers National Hockey League franchise is sold and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, there will be those who will analyze the failure of the business to catch on in Georgia. Yes, the Thrashers ownership was bad, and there is enough evidence to completely convict the ownership of being thoroughly incompetent as a court proceeding proved.

But it is far more than just bad ownership that doomed the Atlanta Thrashers franchise and after a quarter of a century it is time to place the finger of blame on the real culprit on the potential Thrashers move along with the National Football League lockout, the potential National Basketball Association lockout and the struggles of various franchises to succeed economically in the sports arena.

It was the 99th Congress that revised the 1986 tax code and President Ronald Reagan who signed those changes into law.

A good number of cities should never have had "major league" sports franchises but those cities decided to go into the sports business by building stadiums and arenas and handing out leases to owners that became an albatross around the necks of taxpayers.

 

Newark Bears' 2011 season could benefit from city's revitalization

Newark Bears' 2011 season could benefit from city's revitalization
BY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING

With The Prudential Center to its south and Red Bull Arena to the east, sometimes Bears and Eagles Stadium is forgotten in the mix of the re...

Former New York Jets great Marty Lyons says retired players need health benefits now

Former New York Jets great Marty Lyons says retired players need health benefits now
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

NEW YORK. N.Y. — In October 1987, New York Jets defensive lineman Marty Lyons decided to cross a picket line and play football because he didn't like the way Nation...

Michael Vick as commencement speaker stirs pro and con reactions

Michael Vick as commencement speaker stirs pro and con reactions
BY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

News that Michael Vick, convicted felon and Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback, will be a commencement speaker next month in Philadelphia has caused battle li...

What teams are interested in signing Plaxico Burress?

What teams are interested in signing Plaxico Burress?
BY ALICIA CRUZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A confident prediction earlier this year by Drew Rosenhaus, agent for former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, that his client would return to the gridi...

Tennis great Fritz Buehning reigns in Johnny Mac and company

Tennis great Fritz Buehning reigns in Johnny Mac and company
BY JERRY MILANI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Fritz Buehning has played and coached tennis around the world, with some of the sport's biggest names. The New Jersey native went from a top junior to successful AT...

Fans don't matter in sports

Fans don't matter in sports
BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS

And so the National Football League lockout has become a version of the People's Court. The good guys, the National Football Leagu...

Boxing, horse racing reach same crossroads … again

Boxing, horse racing reach same crossroads … again
BY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
ON N.J. SPORTS MARKETING

They are perhaps the two most influential sports for New Jersey, from the casinos of Atlantic City to the Meadowlands Race Track. Both have ...

Private operators to run Meadowlands, Monmouth Park racetracks

Private operators to run Meadowlands, Monmouth Park racetracks

Live racing at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park will continue throughout 2011 and beyond as the result of two agreements that turn the tracks over to private operators, Gov. Chris Christie announced ...

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