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We received an e-mail this afternoon from the Minnesota Swarm pro lacrosse team's owners, John and Andy Arlotta, which is also posted on the team's web site.
Long story short: they are appealing to fans to buy season tickets and spread the word about the team because their financial model is "not sustainable." The key section:
Unfortunately, our success on the field and our assistance with the growth of lacrosse in Minnesota has come at the price of tremendous financial losses that are not sustainable over another 5 years of ownership. We want to be clear on one point..... this is not about making a profit. We would be happy to merely lose less money than we have in the past. We are passionate owners that have invested heavily because we love the sport of lacrosse, want to see the sport grow in Minnesota, and want desperately to win a Champions Cup for our players, our fans, and our organization. However, we have learned over the past 5 years that despite our best efforts, we can’t do it on our own. We don’t need gifts or handouts, but we do need the support of the fans that know and love our sport and our team.
It's an interesting move, and we hope to write more about it at some point.
Whomever planned the Miami Heat victory parade probably shouldn't have put a bunch of really tall dudes on top of a double-decker bus and then made them drive under a bunch fo low overpasses.
Let's just say it's a good thing LeBron James has good reflexes:
Normally we aren't terribly interested in tennis. We like it just fine, and we'll glance with more interest during the major tournaments. But it's not required viewing -- usually.
That said, a friend who is more of a tennis fan is staying at our house for a few days, and we know he recorded the semifinal match in the French Open today between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. We know how it ended, and we know it was spectacular.
But should we actually take the time to watch a sporting event of which we already know the outcome?
Normally, we say no. It takes away from the enjoyment if the winner is already known. But are some things worth watching regardless?
That is our question to you -- both in general for any sport, and in particular if you happened to watch this specific tennis match.
Did Manu try to do this? Regardless, it's pretty sweet.