Curt Schilling's 38 Studios Lays Off Entire Staff

This is probably the death knell for 38 Studios, the video game company whose problems started with a missed loan payment at the beginning of the month. Since then the company has bounced a check to Rhode Island, failed to make payroll, and begged the state for more help in the form of tax credits. Today, one (former)… » 5/24/12 5:20pm 5/24/12 5:20pm

Joey Votto's New Contract Is Like A Mortgage-Backed Security

Reds first baseman Joey Votto officially signed a big contract extension today. A big, honking deal: 10 years, $225 million, on top of the two years and $26 million the Reds already promised him for 2012 and 2013. There's an option year for 2024. » 4/04/12 4:00pm 4/04/12 4:00pm

Here's What You Can Do To End NFL Blackouts Forever

We did a post yesterday on Richard Nixon's 1972 efforts to forever sustain the NFL's policy of blacking out teams' home games in their local markets. The NFL rejected Nixon's bargain, and so, from 1973 on, only those games with unsold tickets 72 hours prior to kickoff would be blacked out. That rule still stands. » 2/12/12 3:22pm 2/12/12 3:22pm

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About How Spectacularly Broke The…

Dan Lewis at Amazin' Avenue makes sense of the Mets' finances so you don't have to. Essentially, they're fucked independent of Bernie Madoff, and everything the team could conceivably sell is mortgaged. Makes you yearn for a couple months ago, when the team was a fuzz less fucked, but still fucked. [READ »] » 12/14/11 2:55pm 12/14/11 2:55pm

Who Owns "Evil Empire"? The Yankees Launch A Proxy War For Control

Bridgehampton, N.Y., out on the East End of Long Island, is Red Sox territory. The bars along Main Street are decked out in red and will only show Yankees games if there's nothing else on. TVs receive the Hartford network affiliates. Carl Yastrzemski was born on a nearby potato farm and still holds a handful of records … » 8/17/11 2:20pm 8/17/11 2:20pm

Michael Vick Loses An Endorsement Deal, And Not Because He Killed A…

Just two weeks ago, Vick signed a deal to be the face of EnerJel, a nutritional supplement/energy boost that you can rub into your skin. Because swallowing Gatorade was getting too difficult. But this was a product whose time has come, and Vick was clearly the only man who could bring it to the masses. So parent… » 7/27/11 12:45pm 7/27/11 12:45pm

Citi Field and Manchester United: Your Tax Dollars At Work

The government's bailout of our collapsing financial industry continues apace—you got your check, right?—but now that these companies are playing with our money, suddenly everyone is an expert. Some are suggesting that maybe the reason these firms are in trouble is because they like to waste money and that if we give… » 11/26/08 2:00pm 11/26/08 2:00pm