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Tom Brady Dances Like A Fool

Tom Brady recently made a fool of himself, and it has nothing to do with “Deflate Gate.” For those of you that missed it, Tom Brady was recently given his Super Bowl ring at an NFL convention, and during the event, Brady was talked into dancing. TMZ recently posted an article about this story, and a video of Tom Brady trying to dance “Hip Hop Style” was included say my friends at Madison Street Capital. It should be noted that rap superstar Wiz Khalifa egged him on, and it seems that Tom Brady couldn’t help but be the center of attention.

Some NFL fans believe that Tom Brady shouldn’t have participated in such a celebration, and it’s most likely to do with his controversial cheating ways during the 2014 NFL season. It is widely known that Tom Brady was a part of the ”Deflate Gate” scandal, and he should have just accepted his ring without celebrating like a fool. However, there are certain NFL fans that feel Tom Brady can do whatever he likes, but his cheating history cannot be denied. I would have much rather seen Tom Brady accept his Super Bowl ring without dancing and celebrating. It seemed that Tom Brady was rubbing his victory into the rest of the world’s face, and that’s definitely a bad look for him.

Bruce Levenson Got A Great Return On His Sale Of The Atlanta Hawks

The value of NBA franchises rose sharply in the past few years, as evidenced by the recent sale of the Atlanta Hawks. Some analysts thought that the market had become somewhat stagnant. That all changed when Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 for over $1 billion. His investment breathed new life into the valuations of all NBA franchises. In 2013, the Atlanta Hawks were valued at $425 million. By the time the sold earlier this year, the price had risen to $850 million. That quick climb in price can be attributed to the effect the sale of the Clippers had on the NBA.

Bruce Levenson and his team at Atlanta Spirit LLC bought the Clippers in 2004. During their tenure with the team, they improved attendance but were never able to crack the top fifteen in attendance. Part of the reason was the team’s winning record. As that improved in the last few seasons the attendance went up steadily. Attendance is generally associated with on-the-court performance so this action was expected. The new owners, led by Grant Hill and Tony Ressler, saw sellout games as the Hawks made the NBA Playoffs.

So far this bump in valuation has not created a massive selloff of teams. It’s possible that could happen now that the average valuation has risen above $1 billion. Three NBA teams are now valued over $2 billion, with the Los Angeles Lakers leading the brigade at $2.6 billion. Not surprisingly, the three with the richest valuations are in the three largest media markets of the U.S of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Team owners who bought it at much lower prices could be tempted to get their piece of the pie at a time when NBA attendance has hit an all-time record. Owning an NBA franchise has long been the past time of super-rich individuals who arguably might not need the money. That can always change in the event of estate planning or an illness. Right now there does not seem to be any signs that turnover is on the rise, but the valuations and the historical highs in attendance are probably tempting to owners in middle markets.

Middle markets generally have a tougher time drawing consistent attendance. In the event, they can land a superstar player like Lebron James, that can change. James’ stay in Miami helped pushed that team into the top 10 in terms of valuation and it’s likely the same could happen to the Cavaliers. The Cavs finished second in attendance in the league just behind the Chicago Bulls. That could push the valuation of the Cavs sky high in the next few years, especially if the performance were to improve.

One of the Greatest Bussinessman

Philanthropist, businessman, and leadership is what Bruce Levenson embodies. He exemplifies impeccable entrepreneur skills.His background education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree that he obtains from Washington University. He also accomplished a law degree that he receive from American University in Washington DC. He has a collective group of expertise in many fields.Everything that Levenson partake in is extremely successful.He has many skills that ranged to his high intelligence to his love of professional sports to cooking technology.
There are many businesses that Levenson help mold. He is the director of the company TechTarget until 2012, a company that targets people who are in the technology business. He is also a partner of the app GasBuddy, which have about 45 million downloads. The app is designed to help people find low-cost gas.Levenson along with Gearon and some others had purchased the Hawks in 2004. He also struck a deal and purchased the Atlanta Thrashers and gained the operating rights to Phillips Arena in the same year for 250 million dollars. He later sold the Thrasher in 2011 for 170 million dollars in the year 2011.Under Levenson leadership, the Hawks was the only team in the Eastern Conference of the NBA that reach the NBA playoffs seven consecutive times. He would later also sell his stake of the Hawks in 2015 to Tony Ressler.
He recently became a partner in the company DOT, which is a private company that created a new cooking technology, a toaster that can toast bread in only three seconds.
His greatest business accomplishment is his company United Communications Group (UCG) that he is co-founding in Washington Dc in 1977. UCG had won over 125 awards, including a journalism award for editorial excellence that the company won in 1978.UCG have over 45 million customers worldwide, making it one of the most recognizeable companies.
Levenson along with his wife Karen, have funded many education initiatives that target children who had disadvantages in their life.He served as president of the “I have a Dream Foundation”, which helps children who come from low-income homes that want to achieve a higher education.Some of his other philanthropy projects include the “Do Good Challenge”, Center for Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Management at the University of Maryland.

How An Ex-NFL Blew a Chunk of His $20 Million

If you ever wondered which current and former NFL players go broke, that list is long. Now, Phillip Buchanon, the ex-NFL Raider and Redskin is explaining how NFL players fall into that trap of mismanaging money until there’s none left.

Buchanon uses his experience to educate new NFL players on handling fame and fortune and more importantly, saving and investing.

According to Igor Cornelsen, he made more than $20 million during his nine-year career, but Buchanon says he always felt obligated to help out, especially his family.

“People wonder about the type of bad decisions I made. Definitely blowing $1.5 million on a business deal was bad. I would have to say throwing too much money away — ridiculous amounts like $50,000 here, $20,000 there — never a smart move.”

At a recent speaking engagement, Buchanon advised NFL players on adjusting to wealth.

Buchanon also comments on family members requesting money for urgent expenses like fixing things. “Of course, I’d go ahead and write them out a check. The check always managed to get cashed, but the problem was never fixed.”

Successful Entrepreneur and NBA Team Owner: Bruce Levenson

Buying an NBA team is possibly just as hard if not more difficult than qualifying as a player. Owners are generally wealthy individuals who have achieved great success prior to acquiring an NBA team. Collectively, owners have diverse financial portfolios emanating from a wide array of businesses, such as real estate, the stock market, the entertainment industry, technology and more. The underlying theme among the NBA’s 30 owners is determination and hard work.

Being an NBA owner does not mean you get to sit around all day and watch basketball games. There are many responsibilities and factors that are involved with running a professional sports team. Owners have to address issues like collective bargaining agreements, union disputes, television contracts, international marketing strategies, merchandise and branding, arena development, player development and more.

Even though NBA owners express a love for the game; it is safe to assume that they are more interested in making a profit from their investment. Owning an NBA franchise is a great way to boost your income; consider this, every NBA team makes a profit, even the losing teams.

NBA owners have always represented an elite group of individuals who are willing to spend millions of dollars to make their franchise more competitive. Owning a professional team is no different than running a Fortune 500 company. Each team has an executive board, rules and regulations, employees, management and a universal mission – win an NBA championship title.

NBA owners have to deal with many factors that that are associated with operating a multi-million dollar corporation, such as employee satisfaction and the future outlook of the organization. However, NBA owners are also faced with unique challenges, such as transporting an entire team and staff across the country on a weekly basis for games, and NBA owners must provide elite medical personnel and facilities for an employee base that is susceptible to injuries.

One of the NBA’s top owners, Bruce Levenson, co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his career. As a successful law graduate and technology entrepreneur, Levenson, a Washington D.C. native, has led the charge in building his franchise into a playoff contender during a period of time when sports analysts thought the Hawks were not competitive. Levenson purchased the Hawks in 2004 for $189 million dollars, and as of January 2015, the team is worth $825 million dollars.

Levenson’s leadership, in addition to his abundant charity work, has positioned him as an asset to the Atlanta Hawks, the city of Atlanta and his hometown – the District of Columbia. Levenson made his millions as a co-founder of United Communications Group – UCG, which owns GasBuddy, an app that helps drivers find cheap gas prices; in addition, UCG specializes in collecting and publishing data for the energy sector, healthcare industry, technology sector, mortgage and banking sector, the oil industry and more. Levenson’s entrepreneurial ventures has given him tremendous leverage and insight into the inner workings of a multi-million dollar corporation.

Levenson’s leadership extends beyond the court in a very meaningful way. He is the former president of the Washington D.C. chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation, which assists low-income children with pursuing their education. Levenson is also a major contributor to the US Holocaust Museum.

Bruce Levenson is the perfect example of the American Dream. At a young age, he built a successful business with a lot of hard work, and he has accomplished what many can only dream of – owning an American basketball team. As Levenson continues to expand his empire, he is sure to be a source of inspiration for people who work hard and dream big.

Importance of Business and Technology Professionals

Incorporation of technology into business is, perhaps, humans finest innovation. Standardized protocols, rules and terms would make businesses as efficient as solar energy. But protocols and rules just keep piling up, years after years, with no serious effort of growing a business. The idea was to eliminate human intervention and human choice. But even a simple system in our society cannot bar people or let machines run wild.

Rolling up the sleeves to reorganize and untangle this mess would be a mistake. There are too many things to take care of, each one of which require careful thoughts. Choices can’t be made without human skills. The efficacy of a business varies dramatically with proper hiring of personnel with solid technology background. At one end of the spectrum are computers and networking devices designed for standard inputs and outputs. On the other end are people waiting to put these tasks into a standard mold. Learning is way up the spectrum where effectiveness lies.

What makes a good employee for a business built on technology? Some people just seem to have a knack of it. It’s a matter of passion and personality. Business and technology expert Shaygan Kheradpir observed that “in learning we rely on the passion, the ones who somehow know how to make things work”. In fact, it is mostly the personality that creates and maintains a space in which technology is bound to improve. Technology is the only major occupation for which professionals have developed tools that make impossible things possible, where imaginations become a reality.

A successful business requires that technology is freely available and employees are free to use them. Freedom to think for themselves is the first thing businesses need to look at while training their employees. Business experts emphasize the importance of being able to cope with growing technology and not having to be working on such-and-such software. Technology don’t fit nicely on people who are molded to do mundane chores. Giving employees the responsibility to use the technology in place in a business energizes the entire enterprise. There is a need to change something all the time. Technology demands change with everyday needs. The employees have the power to do that. And the businesses need to have the power to abandon good old schedules as well.

Strong principles are essential for running a business but strong team of professionals who are well-versed with technology should be the highest priority in this competitive world. Bringing challenges to the forefront and awarding employees according to their ability and performance is the key to fixing many business problems. It would be hard to find a successful spot if this is not the way. The challenge, however with this endeavor, is the successful execution as well.

About Shaygan Kheradpir

Shaygan Kheradpir is a business and technology executive who served as CEO of Juniper Networks in 2014. He was born in London and attended high school in Switzerland. Kheradpir moved to the US where he obtained doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Huge ‘Back To The Future’ 30th Anniversary Celebration On The Horizon

After 30 years, the ‘Back to the Future’ is coming back to the forefront with big news and no, it’s not for the release of a forth installment.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announced on July 16th that a 30th anniversary Blu-Ray set would be released which would include all three movies, the animated series, and a 64 page book with information from the movies detailed inside. All the contents are sealed inside a handy light up “Flux Capacitor” box for the movie fans and collectors out there. Along with that, a new anniversary edition of the vinyl soundtrack will be released in physical and digital copies on October 16th, 2015.

If that wasn’t enough, UPHE also announced that ‘Back to the Future’ would be making a huge theater return. This isn’t for a forth installment, though. They decided that they would show the original trilogy in theaters for one day only – October 21st, 2015 – which happens to be the same day that the Blu-Ray collection is being released. The showtime and theater details aren’t available at the moment, as the event is still a few months out, but for those that are interested, continue checking local listings for showtimes.

Harbaugh Throws a Strike

Love or hate him, you do have to give Michigan Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh credit for being one of the world’s most polarizing figures. From running practice without a shirt on o pulling car accident victims from wrecks, the man seems to do it all. Harbaugh was on hand at yesterday’s Detroit Tigers game against the Pittsburg Pirates to throw out the first pitch. When it was first announced that he would be throwing out the first pitch, many wondered if he would wear khakis and go shirtless. Well he did indeed wear khakis but he was not shirtless. He wore a Detroit Tigers Jersey and a Tigers hat.

Like with everything he does, Harbaugh took to the mound with enthusiasm and confidence to throw out the first pitch. Donning a Mark “The Bird” Fidrych jersey and a windup to match, Harbaugh delivered a pretty good pitch down the middle but it was a tad bit on the high side. Harbaugh stuck around for the game with his wife Sarah but the Tigers lost in extra innings. This is not the first time Harbaugh has been invited to a MLB facility. He was in Oakland last March wearing an A’s uniform.

Daniel Amen suggests there will be a lot of pressure on Harbaugh to right a sinking ship that is Michigan Football. The program has been in shambles for many years and through several coaches. If he is able to turn Michigan back into a powerhouse again, there will be no denying that he is something special.

Could the Minnesota Vikings Be Gunning for the Division?

The NFC North has long been one of the more competitive divisions in all of football. The competition has always been thick in the North not because the teams are always so talented, but because the rivalries between the four squads are very real and very intense. For a long time the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions have been destined for the bottom of the pack, but now it appears that Minnesota is making an upward push — and reports have them listed as looking like a playoff caliber squad.

Jim Dondero (nexpointadvisors) knows that the biggest question entering the off season revolved around embattled superstar running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson, who is coming off of a lost season thanks to off the field issues, had planned on holding out for a trade or a release from Minnesota. Minnesota called his bluff and told him that he could sit out another year or put on his cleats and help the Vikings win. So, AP is in the backfield.

With Teddy Bridgewater entering his second season of play the Vikings are much more tuned in to his possibilities. Bridgewater had a successful rookie season, going 6 – 6 as a starter with a completion percentage over 64% (11th in the NFL). Bridgewater succeeded without AP in the backfield and with nobody to throw the ball too. Now Peterson is back, Bridgewater has a few new weapons, and the Vikings are primed to make a big push in the North.

Dez Bryant Will Sit out Games

Not all is well for the Dallas Cowboys these days. Star Wide receiver Dez Bryant said last week that he is willing to sit out Dallas’s home opener if he does not get a new contract. Bryant was absent the first day of mini-camp and his agent Tom Condon stated that Bryant is not kidding. Condon was on Sirius XM NFL Radio recently and said that Bryant indicated during conversations with him that he is willing to sit out.

The deadline for Bryant to sign his franchise tag offer is July 15th. The offer would guarantee him $12 million for the year. Bryant is not currently under contract and won’t be until he signs it and if he doesn’t then he is not required to show up for mini-camp which is required for all other players. Negotiations with the Cowboys have gone stale and talks have not happened for some time now. Condon believes that the Cowboys simply want Bryant to sign the franchise tag rather than offer him a new contract. Stephen Jones, Cowboys executive vice president stated on Tuesday that Bryant’s willingness to miss games does not motivate the team to work out a new contract. Luxury Living experts at the Aspire New Brunswick mention that Bryant is currently the second highest paid wide receiver in the league. There are no scheduled conversation set between the Cowboys and Bryant’s agent. Condon stated that the deadline is still far away and hopes something will get done before that.