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September 14, 2005

keep your shirt on, it’s almost fall

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:58 pm


summer ending

sound of a lawn mower

through closed windows



children’s gardens

all the scarecrows

dressed like mom








September sunset

cows come single file

through the pasture gate







late summer

the water

in one ear




        Upstate Dim Sum  (2004/I)



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of a harvest moon –

called out stealing home


[Sept. 14, 2005]




tiny check  Given the study featured in our recent post second thoughts about sunscreen?,

I found it amusing to read at that “Socialists and Greens” have been

pushing for a “tan ban” in the European Union, that would require employers to make sure

the help keeps its shirts on.  The EU Parliament has declined to act, leaving the matter to

each member State.  (see “Builders and barmaids avoid EU tan ban”, Reuters/,

Sept. 7, 2005). 


plungeGraphG  Before legislators try to get the Gulf Coast insurance companies to

pay for damage specifically excluded in policyholder contracts, they should all be



not just NIT-picking

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:09 pm

An email from SportsEconomist Skip Sauer made me speculate on the purpose of the

NCAA in seeking to eliminate the NIT as a tournament rival.  Although a “not-for-profit”

entity, NCAA has a $6.2 billion, 11-year contract with CBS for television and marketing

rights to its tournament. (see our prior post)


ballHoop  The folks who run nominally “non-profit” institutions (can you say “bar & guild“?) 

have the incentive to create rules and relationships among their members that will maximize

the income of all those members — especially when they convince themselves that they are

acting for a very good cause, such as education. [Adam Smith’s axiom certainly doesn’t have

an exception for non-profits.]  Using market power against potential or actual rival groups, or

eliminating them throughacquisition or entry barriers, is a very good way to maximize income. 

Of course, the NCAA’s leaders also have the normal human desire to increase their domain.


Also, responding to my post yesterday, Steve Bainbridge wrote:  

“I sort of vaguely recall such a time [when NIT was a vigorous competitor with the

NCAA], but if David’s point is that there ought to be some competition to be stifled

before one concludes that a merger is anit-competitive, I have to agree. Stick a fork

in the NIT; it’s done.” 

That’s a little cavalier, even from the perspective of a West Coaster with little empathy for fans in  “bballguysNF”

New York City.  The fact that the National Invitational Tournament has been reduced over the years —

thanks in great part to the actions and policies of the NCAA — to a mere David competing with tiny

stones against the NCAA Goliath makes a merger investigation even more important.  (See the

market concentration section of the DOJ/FTC Horizontal Merger Guidelines; yes, Steve, I know

there were product and geographic market definitions questions in the case.)   Clearly, there is still

“some competition” between the two post-season tournaments (as the $40.6 million offer to buy

the NIT suggests), and removing NIT completely will not only extinguish the only current rival, it will

make the likelihood of a new entrant into the pre- or post-season basketball tournament arena

virtually zero.  


Of course, ending the litigation also keeps the court from assessing the legality of the NCAA’s

restrictive post-season rules for member schools.


“bBallGuysN” One thing we can all agree on:  There’s been too much prose

and not enough poetry at this website lately;  Overnight, Ed Markowski

supplied us all with more good haiku and senryu about his beloved game

of basketball and the humans who play it:




the shadow of a skyscraper falls across

the basketball court





Highway One

ten feet up the Sequoia

an orange hoop





long rebound

crossing mid-court

she crosses my mind





Indiana farm

one tractor

three hoops


calligraphy class

the point guard

pens a nike swoosh



ed markowski  – for more, see his Comments to



on a related note:



game over

men turn to leave

the tv department


                                                        John Stevenson 

                                                             Upstate Dim Sum  (2004/I)






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