A high-profile incident involving Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and a heckling fan highlights the sometimes overly-close physical proximity between NBA fans and the targets of their derision.,On Monday night, Westbrook and 45-year-old Shane Kiesel exchanged insults during the second quarter of the Thunder’s game with the Jazz in Vivint Smart Home Arena.,Westbrook explained after the game that Kiesel’s insult is the latest in a series of disdainful remarks by fans aimed at him and other NBA players when playing in road arenas.,First, Kiesel and several other fans in Vivint Smart Home Arena were issued co-called “warning cards” pursuant to the NBA’s Fan Code of Conduct.,In addition to the Fan Code of Conduct, the uniform player contract signed by every NBA player contains provisions that empower commissioner Adam Silver to punish Westbrook.
Even though the Thunder narrowly ended their 4-game skid last night @ Portland, they are still 1 loss away from losing 5 of 6 and 6 of 8 games.,Next up for the Hawks was a 6 game Western Conference road trip against average to good teams, all of which would be underdogs to them.,Proposed bet#3: .3 units on LA Lakers ML +200 ~ Potential Profit = .6 units -(Subtracted by the .1 from Denver Bet & the .2 units from Phoenix bet) =+0.3 units
Regardless of which game they loss, my friend Jay would profit between .1 and .6 units as long as they lost one game.,Although I haven't employed such an ambitious strategy, I have always thought about the ways in which Jay would manufacture value by betting against a team multiple times - knowing that if he was wrong on the first game, he would get better value betting against them the next game.,If the true value of the Hawks against OKC, the 6th game of their trip, was an even money proposition, by the time the Hawks won their next 5 games the market would make them significantly more expensive, and the Thunder would obtain more value, around at +130 or better.
According to co-founder of BenchOn, Tim Walmsley, “Investors are searching for a team that has the commitment, resilience, and ability to execute a business model.”,In the highly competitive startup industry, it is now more important than ever to make your business stand out and in this week’s Let’s Talk we asked several business leaders for their tips on ‘how to get investors to sit-up and listen’.,Whilst investors at different stages will look for different things, a business model that enables an in-demand product to be distributed within a sizeable market and supported by strong key metrics will always get their attention.,By understanding why you exist, and listening to the facts and trends of your customers, consumers, you can translate this into a clear opportunity for your business provides the solution that investors can more easily understand and appreciate.,Investors are searching for a team that has the commitment, resilience, and ability to execute a business model.
I’ve been writing about Juliana vs. US for over three years—slightly less time than the plaintiffs in the case have been waiting to have their day in court.,In the US judicial system, political questions are answered—or not—by the executive and legislative branches of government usually after their trial in the court of public opinion.,Interlocutory appeals are typically permitted when the trial judge certifies to the appellate court that there are substantial differences of opinion over an important question of law that once decided would substantially affect the final outcome of the case.,The trial court judge, Anne Aiken, issues an order certifying Juliana v. United States for interlocutory appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.,The “AH, HA” moment when the future of Juliana came clear to me was the day after Christmas while reading that the Ninth Circuit Court Appeals panel of three judges granted the DOJ lawyers permission to bring the interlocutory appeal.
Today, we'll be discussing the Company's preliminary and unaudited results for 2018, as well as our rolling four quarter outlook for '19 and discussing certain operating changes since our last conference call.,On the call today from management, besides myself, is Mel Payne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Ben Brink, Chief Financial Officer.,The financial results discussed are preliminary and unaudited and these results are subject to change upon the completion of the Company's Form 10-k for the period ended December 31st, 2018, including the effects of any subsequent events and audit by the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2018 consolidated financial statements.,Our 2019 results will benefit first and foremost from: improved operating performance versus 2018; a reduction of overhead and non-cash stock compensation expenses of approximately $6 million, $4 million of which will be lower overhead expenses; full year results from acquisitions we made in the third quarter; and a lower share count due to the common stock and convertible note repurchases we executed during the fourth quarter.,The repurchase activity in the fourth quarter capped off a busy 2018 in regards to our capital structure in which we repurchased 95% of the convertible notes that were outstanding, which in effect reduced potential future dilution from the notes by 3.4 million shares, along with a net issuance of 1.7 million shares of common stock after our open market repurchases in the quarter.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and other cities across California on Saturday for the third-annual Women's March.,Women, men and children carrying homemade signs filled Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles before marching for about a mile to a rally in front of City Hall.,The original march in 2017, held the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people to Washington and dozens of other cities.,In Los Angeles, some women said they were marching for the third straight year and wanted to show continued support for the movement.,"It's important that women and those who believe in women's rights should right now, more than ever, show support of the mission which is about equity for all people," Los Angeles Democratic Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo said.
The new-look Fox Corp. on Friday announced that it will not bid for the 22 regional sports networks the Walt Disney Co. is selling off in accordance with the terms of the two media giants' $71.3 billion asset transfer.,Given its stated emphasis on sports, live events and news, the so-called "New Fox" that will emerge after the Disney deal goes through was thought to be the most likely contender to buy back the RSNs.,While YES Network is the crown jewel of the bunch—the Yankees/Brooklyn Nets outlet has been the most-watched RSN in the country for 14 of the last 16 years—the Cleveland Cavaliers put up huge numbers on Fox Sports Ohio, while the MLB's Royals are no slouch on Fox Sports Kansas City.,Sinclair is now seen as the last viable bidder for the entire RSN portfolio; meanwhile, Amazon and the New York Yankees are teaming up in an apparent venture to take YES Network off Disney's hands.,Many RSNs now trail only ESPN as the most costly line-item expense on subscribers' monthly cable bills; per SNL Kagan estimates, three of the Fox RSNs—YES Network ($6.74), Fox Sports Detroit ($6.69), Fox Sports Arizona ($5.48)—command among the priciest affiliate fees on the menu.
The shunning, shaving and cutting of the traditional pay TV cord and the ascendance of content via broadband — admittedly another cord that comes into the home — is supported in another survey released in March by consulting firm Deloitte, which found more than half (55 percent) of U.S. households subscribe to at least one video streaming service.,Here's what you need to know More: Netflix in January: Here are the best new family movies and shows to stream The next symbolic milestone — U.S. homes with streaming services surpassing the more than three-fourths (78 percent) that subscribe to traditional pay TV services — could come close to happening in 2019.,The need for content to compete with Netflix and other streaming video services has already led to ATT's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, which a federal judge approved in June but the Justice Department is currently appealing, and Disney's $71-billion purchase in July of the Fox movie and TV studios and other assets including Fox's 30 percent stake in streaming service Hulu.,Disney's expanded streaming subscription play "will impact other streaming video providers that previously licensed Disney-owned content — content that will be redeployed exclusively on the new Disney over-the-top (OTT) media services offerings," wrote John Harrison, global media and entertainment sector leader for advisory firm EY in its recently released report.,Consumers are savvy and sensitive to price and value, he says, noting The Diffusion Group's survey found about 21 percent of broadband homes with a pay TV service (traditional or broadband) were at least considering canceling their service in the next six months.
Pet owners are increasingly seeking training and behavior products, which are, fortunately, becoming more accessible, said Bianca Rossi, head of marketing, Americas, for The Company of Animals in Davenport, Fla.,Pet owners are also gravitating toward products that fulfill more than one need at once, such as leashes that can be used in different ways depending on the needs of the user at any given time, according to insiders.,With so many training methods available and a vast array of solutions on the market, it’s essential that pet specialty retailers take the time to educate pet owners and help them find the right products for their situation.,“Without a doubt, education is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing the best training and behavior products as a pet parent,” said Bianca Rossi, head of marketing, Americas, for The Company of Animals in Davenport, Fla. “By understanding product features and their benefits, it allows pet parents to have complete control in their purchase decisions.”,While dog models are effective, Jason Ast, owner of Just Dog People in Garner, N.C., said he prefers putting products such as leads and collars on the actual dog if possible.