Playmaker’s Blog

 

WiFi Gumbo

November 29, 2005

New Orleans

Yesterday New Orleans became the first major American city to offer free wireless internet access throughout the city. The Peacock is meant to signal that the hurricane-ravaged city is open for business and taking steps to rebuild the infrastructure necessary to support the lifestyles of its citizens.

Film Crazy

November 22, 2005

Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh, the Hollywood director of Ocean’s 11 and Erin Brockovich is employing a unique strategy to combat DVD piracy: His next film, the low-budget indie Bubble, will be released simultaneously in theaters, on DVD, and on cable pay-per-view.

McDividend

November 15, 2005

Hedge Funds

Plays and Playmaking are not always about beating the competition. In many cases, Plays can be run between you and your own company, a close ally, or an organization in which you have a financial stake. But when it’s your intention to nudge or negotiate with a friendly player, you needn’t be limited to the left side of The Playmaker’s Table.

Wage Mart

November 8, 2005

Wal Mart & Minimum Wage

On Monday Oct 24, Lee Scott, CEO of Wal-Mart urged Congress to raise the minimum wage. This may be seen as altruistic, showing that the retail giant cares for its employees and for low-wage workers throughout the country.

Ad Pull

November 2, 2005

Kraft Foods

Monday’s Wall Street Journal reported that the decision by Kraft Foods to limit advertising to children is garnering positive reaction in Congress. Studies linking advertising to children’s obesity have made their way to Congress and two bills have been proposed to regulate advertising to kids. Seeing this, in January 2005, Kraft Foods ran a Preempt and announced that they would no longer advertise certain foods to children under 12.