Posts Tagged ‘NFL’


March 14, 2013

So Phil Anschutz has taken AEG off the shopping block and at the same time, Tim Leiweke is leaving the company.  What????  Didn’t Tim build that company with Phil?

I don’t know, maybe Tim is going into politics.  Regardless, this is big news.  Perhaps AEG tries to close the football deal and then put the company back on the market.  It would be harder to sell the company once the NFL franchise is in place since any new owner would need the approval of the NFL and team owners.  Perhaps Phil doesn’t want a football team.  I’m just blown-away that Tim Leiweke is no longer with AEG.

Below is our friend Bob Lefsetz ‘s thoughts on the matter.  BTW, if you are at Austin Spring Break…I mean SXSW, have a great time.  Wish I was with you…kind of.


There’s only one owner here.

That’s what Rupert Murdoch told Barry Diller after Barry did the impossible, create a fourth television network. Barry believed he earned ownership. But Rupert felt otherwise.

You think you want a job, you think you want to sell out, but if you’re not in charge of your life someone else is.

I really don’t care if Phil Anschutz sells AEG or not. Hell, from the beginning it appeared he was asking too much, begging the question of whether he was seeking valuation or…

But one thing I’m categorically against is football in downtown L.A.

As my football fanatic friend Jeff says, we’ve now got it good, without a local team we get the best games on television. As opposed to being subjected to our local outfit on TV every Sunday, assuming they sell out and the game is not blacked-out.

Then again, true fans have the DirectTV package wherein they get every game.

As for going to the game… It’s better on television. You can feel it at the stadium, but you just can’t see it. Which is why attendance is faltering.

But this is kind of like the movie credit game. And the automobile factory game. Cities and states fall over themselves to give incentives to draw these enterprises, but the payback is minimal, the only people benefiting are the teams/companies themselves.

But ain’t that America, where we rob from our brethren, argue amongst the hoi polloi, and the rich walk straight to the bank.

Tim Leiweke will say he too did the impossible. Revitalized downtown L.A., brought a hockey championship to the city. And I don’t want to minimize his efforts, but Phil wasn’t always on board with them, and Tim never realized he didn’t own AEG. He acted like he did, but he didn’t.

As for Farmers Field, you can’t drive in L.A. to begin with. You’re gonna make it worse?

Leiweke strong-armed the government.

But no one reads the newspaper and if they watch TV news, it’s for the robberies and pet rescues.

It’s good we’ve got AEG as a concert promoter. They counterbalance Live Nation.

And Staples Center is far better than the decrepit Forum, at least for now.

Then again, Staples is evidence of our country today. It’s gigantic. There are three levels of skyboxes. The upper deck is so high and so far removed that almost no one can sell it out. Staples makes money, but it’s a lousy place for events.

Whereas the Forum was intimate. After Dolan gets through revitalizing it, will it become the concert destination?

We’ll see.

But know that billionaires rule the earth, and we’re just pawns in their game.

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November 21, 2011

Crazy Train – There is nothing like seeing/hearing something and instantly wishing the idea was yours.  That’s exactly how I felt after watching the new Honda Pilot TV commercial

It is creative, uses music and family to tell the story, and again proves… Ozzy Rules!

Music Biz Is Innovating – It was a computer company that brought us iTunes and the iPod.  They are now both intertwined in our culture.  Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine came next with the ultimate accessory to the iPod, “Beats by Dr. Dre” headphones.  Now they are slowly making their way into a “must have” for music lovers.

I was picking-up my mother-in-law at LAX and noticed that almost every other young person coming through security were wearing their Beats.  It was remarkable.  Then watching the NFL pre-game shows, as they flashed players warming-up on fields around the country, the unmistakable white headphones were omnipresent. 

The success of Beats can in no small part be credited to Jimmy.  He has used savvy marketing, partnerships and placement rather than mass media to grow the brand.  This is an example to follow.

What We Can Learn From Twilight – Teens, pre-teens and 20-somethings spent $130 million this weekend to see the latest in the vampire saga.  The message of “Breaking Dawn” was everywhere you turned.  Stories on the young stars appeared in every media outlet, the build-up to the premiere, comedy skits on SNL, and of course the success of the previous movies and books have all played into great opening weekend numbers.  Learn from their playbook…premieres, trailers, and media all playing their part.  Just do the same thing with your next show, tour, season, event or record release.