Friday, October 31, 2014

While we're on the topic of Steve Ross

Well, I guess I am anyway.  I posted the article about Ross and Michigan, and wondered about how that got going.  There a number of articles out there about the subject.  But this one caught my attention:

http://www.michigandaily.com/opinion/10james-brennan-dear-stephen-ross08

Mr. Ross, do what is right. Exercise your powers as granted to you by the Board of Regents, the Michigan constitution and most of all, by the number of zeros in your bank account. Fire the bad man who has single-handedly made all of our lives so miserable.

I'm sorry.  What?  What powers does he have with the board of regents?

And then there was this:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/columnists/john-niyo/2014/10/16/niyo-wolves-circle-brandon-forcing-presidents-hand/17395723/

Brandon was noticeably absent as Stephen Ross, the real-estate magnate whose $200-million donation to the university last fall included $100 million earmarked for a new athletic campus, took part in a question-and-answer session with university president Mark Schlissel, who reiterated his "disappointment" in the way the Morris situation was handled.

So he takes part in a Q&A about the AD at Michigan?  No wonder he hasn't had anything to say about the Dolphins he's just too busy dealing with his donation to a university or something. Weird.
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"GIFT REPRESENTS LARGEST SINGLE DONATION IN U-M HISTORY AND BRINGS ROSS' TOTAL GIVING TO THE UNIVERSITY TO $313 MILLION; ATHLETIC CAMPUS TO BE NAMED THE STEPHEN M. ROSS ATHLETIC CAMPUS"
"WITH THIS GIFT, ROSS BECOMES THE THIRD LARGEST DONOR TO A BUSINESS SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES"
I guess the thing that stands out most for me is that Ross is in almost complete Control of two football programs. Each with eerily similar paths of mediocre seasons, or worse.

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And one is pro, and the other is a college that feeds the pro....isn't that some kind of conflict of interest or something?

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I don't know a lot about business laws. The FCC would definitely snoop around if the controls were split with TV--Radio--Internet--Newspaper; I'm sure you know this, and I have a feeling you know a good amount about your own question.....well, a good deal more than me at least.