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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Over the Top Video: A Peak or a Path Forward?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/over-top-video-peak-or-path-forward

About six months ago, I was quite bullish on advances in over-the-top (OTT) video making it easier for communities to build fiber networks because they would no longer have to deal with the challenges of securing and delivering traditional cable television channels. I explored these challenges in a recent post. OTT video includes Hulu, Netflix,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2012

We’re the NFL. We don’t have to care.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/were-nfl-dont-care/

Watching professional football these days reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine the telephone operator on Saturday Night Live and her famous punch line, “We don’t care.  We don’t have to.  We’re the phone company.” Or in this case the National Football League.  For those who don’t follow football, let me bring you up to date. … Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2012

A Match to Watch: Tennis Channel v. Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/match-watch-tennis-channel-v-comcast

Back in 2010, we reported on the merger between Comcast and NBC, which was in the works at the time. One of the issues that came up was how programming is chosen. At the time, the Tennis Channel had filed a suit against Comcast, alleging that Comcast did not make Tennis Channel programming available to… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2012

Is the Super Bowl a Socialist Enterprise?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/is-the-super-bowl-a-socialist-enterprise/

Is the Super Bowl a socialist enterprise?  Yes the language is provocative but not, I believe, inappropriate.  After all Indiana, the site of the next Super Bowl,  is currently governed by those who insist government should play a minimal role and the word they, and their Republican counterparts around the country  use to describe those… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 3 Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2011

The Superbowl Is Over. Now The Real Battle Begins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/the-superbowl-is-over-now-the-real-battle-begins/

Dear football fan, The Superbowl is over. But the real combat is just beginning.  This time it’s not Packers v. Steelers.  It’s Workers v. Bosses.  And for thousands of workers and millions of fans, this is the game that counts. In the game of football, the rules favor neither side.  And they are enforced.  Each… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2006

Boundaries of democracy deserve deeper analysis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/16908/

Boundaries of democracy deserve deeper analysis by David Morris Originally published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 18, 2006 In its May 16 editorial, “We count on legislators to strike a balance,” the Pioneer Press asked “when and why should we vote?” Its answer? In the case of a Hennepin County sales tax to… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2004

Gimme Shelter

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/gimme-shelter/

Gimme Shelter by David Morris Originally published in The Minneapolis Observer, February 17, 2004 Politics involves making choices. This legislative session we’re making choices about how to spend some three quarters of a billion dollars.  The menu is largely restricted to constructing shelters(buildings) of one sort or another. It gladdens me to see how much… Continue reading

Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 2 Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 1998

Don’t Bribe ‘Em. Buy ‘Em: A strategic proposal on how New Yorkers can create–and control–a minor baseball league of their own

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dont-bribe-em-buy-em-strategic-proposal-how-new-yorkers-can-createand-controla-minor-baseball-league/

Inthe next two years, New Yorkers will spend nearly $50 million dollars to build two stadiums for minor league teams in order to lure away short-season, class A ball clubs from other communities. And in ten years? New Yorkers may well have to consider building bigger stadiums for those same teams so they don’t threaten to move as the Yankees are now doing. A better idea: For the same amount of taxpayer money, New Yorkers can create–and own–a minor league comprised of several good ball clubs and still have money left over to put toward stadiums. And New Yorkers can–for years to come–root for teams that are truly rooted in their own community.

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 1998

Rooting the Home Team: Why the Packers Won’t Leave — and Why the Browns Did

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rooting-home-team-why-packers-wont-leave-and-why-browns-did/

This article by David Morris and Daniel Kraker first appeared in The American Prospect magazine, September-October 1998

Onthe last Sunday in January, an elated John Elway stood on the gridiron where his Denver Broncos had just beaten the Green Bay Packers 31-24, and announced to millions of worldwide television viewers that the best part about finally winning the Super Bowl was how much it meant to his longtime fans, the people of Denver.

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filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 1998

Roots, Roots, Roots for the Home Team: Community-Owned Professional Sports

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/roots-roots-roots-home-team-communityowned-professional-sports/

Community ownership of professional sports teams is an idea with decades of successful experience. The Green Bay Packers have been operating as a nonprofit corporation since 1923, during which time they have won three world championships and three Super Bowls, and have recently financed two stadium upgrades from retained earnings. Their ownership structure has generated unprecedented fan support while maintaining the fiscal discipline exhibited by corporations.  This report by David Morris and Daniel Kraker takes a closer look at the issues surrounding community owned sports. Continue reading