Free for All: 05/01/14

What’s on your mind?

21 Responses to “Free for All: 05/01/14”

  1. motownman Says:

    Still waiting for Spud’s opinion on Outnumbered. I’m sure he has one.

  2. fritz3 Says:

    As the Donald Sterling story plays out I’ve been surprised how cable news has let so much misinformation go on air unchallenged.

    Adam Silver has been painted as a hero for banning Sterling for life but few are noting the reason for Silver’s tough action is that the players threated to not play unless the book was thrown at the Clipper owner. My guess without the players threat Sterling get’s a lesser suspension and the sale threat is not made.

    The other part of the scandal where the whole story is not being told regards the sale of the team. The vote by the owners to force the sale is very tricky for most of them because, as Mark Cuban said, ‘it’s a slippery slope’.

    For example, Richard DeVos, the owner of the Orlando Magic, is a well documented supporter of anti g*ay causes and in the future may be targeted by g*y groups as a h*mophobe. Or what if he’s caught making h*mophobic comments on tape?

    Other examples of possible danger for owners is if any of them are charged with domestic abuse or sexual harassment. The president is now set with Stirling. And any lawsuit he files could have his lawyers deposing the other owners over their embarrassing peccadillos.

    As well Sterling will lose many millions to capital gains tax (33% in CA.) if the team is sold before he dies. Or he could file an antitrust against the NBA lawsuit and get triple damages. Legal opinion says he has a case and could win. He could also lose half his team if his wife divorces him or he could try and give the team to his children.

    The whole thing is a mess that could take years to settle. It’s much easier to express outrage at Sterling, demand the team be sold and speculate on possible celebrity owners than discuss the real problems that the sale has for team owners and the NBA.

  3. Nah, that’s being kicked around a lot, Fritz. Nothing you say I haven’t heard discussed on TV before.

  4. Just watched Ashleigh Banfield’s legal show on CNN discuss the Sterling sale of the Clippers. Mostly a back and forth as to whether the NBA can force him to do so and if it’s a good idea. One guy said they’d settle and the other said he’d lose if he sued. No discussion on problems, that I talked about, that a forced sale could cause the owners or the NBA.

  5. Well, if that’s your best source of legal discussion on TV…

  6. “As well Sterling will lose many millions to capital gains tax (33% in CA.) if the team is sold before he dies.”

    On the other hand, he can’t have much fun with the tax savings afterwards.

  7. Shep calls yesterday’s Gawker story “horse-poo”:
    http://tinyurl.com/ljrookr

    Of course, nothing will convince the anti-FNC zombies but for the rational people out there, this story is dunzo.

  8. They will scrap though the poo for something that might fertilize any tangent.

  9. BENGHAZI, Pick a cover story and stick with it!
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/05/01/pick-a-cover-story-and-stick-with-it/?wpisrc=nl%5Fpopns

    MSM now having hard time holding their noses.

  10. erich500 Says:

    I think the Obama Administration accidentally put that re-set button back to 1917.

    Yikes.

    The dangerous part is that, as I understand it, Putin has massive support among the Russian people.

    Sure, he doesn’t have a global ideology that rallies allies around the world and threatens us. But he can do a lot of harm otherwise.

  11. paminwi Says:

    Sterling issues: Californiavis a community property state. Sterling bought the tam after he got married. (He’s been married 50 years). So… Unless there is some sort of agreement between him and his wife she legally owns half the team. What if she doesn’t want to sell her half?

  12. fritz3 Says:

    “What if she doesn’t want to sell her half?”

    ^^That’s my point. The Sterling’s marital status is not fully understood and complicated. They filed a joint lawsuit against one of his former mistresses we have no idea what will happen if they divorce.

    A group of owners met tonight to discuss how to force Mr. Sterling to sell the Clippers. They met and decided to meet again next week. This is being called quick action to deal with the crisis but I see it as the first step in delaying any action until after the NBA playoffs are done. At that point they will have until next fall to let the story/ scandal fade from the media and come up with a solution that works for the owners, the NBA and Donald Sterling.

  13. and the racist gets away?

    Name the evil?

  14. CNN cuts 50 positions per TVNEWSER:
    “The impacted employees are being told they can take a severance package or apply for the updated positions or other open positions at CNN.”

    The evilest of companies eliminate positions so they can create new ones only slightly different at reduced salaries. Is this what’s going on here?

  15. erich500 Says:

    Hmm, the owners of Al-Jazeera believe g*y people not only shouldn’t be allowed to marry legally but should be put into prison, if not stoned. And women’s rights? Fughetaboutit.

    I’ll await the progressive protest against AJ.

    Gonna’ be a long wait.

  16. let me know, and I’ll get us some ice from hell

  17. erich500 Says:

    Fritz will get on it right after he finishes organizing that protest against the White House for dissembling on Benghazi.

    I think we’re going to need more ice.

  18. Best Drudge headline ever right now.

  19. erich500 Says:

    I cannot believe those liberals who think the Benghazi story is nothing, nothing at all.

    They just dismiss it as a wingnut story. Sure, the Bachmanns and other loony birds are taking it out or proportion. But there is a middle ground between it being the worst thing in the history of the country!! and nothing at all.

  20. savefarris Says:

    The whole thing is a mess that could take years to settle. It’s much easier to express outrage at Sterling, demand the team be sold and speculate on possible celebrity owners than discuss the real problems that the sale has for team owners and the NBA.

    So if I’m reading you correctly … you can’t solve all the problems of the world just by giving a speech?

    Hmmm……..

  21. fritz3 Says:

    “So if I’m reading you correctly”

    Your not, but maybe you can find a tie in to Benghazi, Obamacare or the IRS if you hold your breath and squint really hard.🙂

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