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April 24, 2012 ~ Malcolm Gladwell, the NBA and the Lockout:
A Mediator’s Dissent (part 2)

In our last post, we began a discussion of Malcolm Gladwell’s piece in Grantland, in which he asserts that NBA owners are not really in business, that they have to own their teams purely for the “psychic benefits” that ownership of a sports team provides, and that if an owner does care whether he makes money with his team, he should sell the team to someone else who will own it for the right reasons. Mr. Gladwell published his piece during the NBA lockout, and his words critique the (more…)


April 11, 2012 ~ Malcolm Gladwell, the NBA and the Lockout:
A Mediator’s Dissent (part 1)

My kids’ holiday gift to me was a subscription to a quarterly compilation of selected pieces from Grantland, a sports and pop culture website brainchild of sports maven Bill Simmons. Now, I don’t look at the Grantland website regularly, so the first issue I got from my kids included stuff that was already several months old when I saw it for the first time.

The compilation included a piece by Malcolm Gladwell, the New Yorker writer and (more…)