Dave Brandon creates the future
This is a tough topic to post about without it going the wrong way, but I actually find it fascinating. Brian linked a Wapo article describing the struggles of Toys R Us, currently run by you-know-who.
The purpose of this post isn't to laught that DB is doing badly: I want to know WHAT he is doing badly. I have some pretty good ideas, many of them gleaned from extensive exposure to Ross B-School students and graduates.
The headline: "Why is Toys R Us Still Struggling - Even as the Wider Toy Industry Booms?"
Too lengthy to fisk the whole article (about which I have extensive thoughts) but I will point out one thing: DB handwaves a $200 mil decline in video game/electronic sales by saying that mobile gaming is growing. But Sony, the biggest fish in the pond, had a great year, including record PS4 sales and strong game sales as well. Seems problematic to just chalk up a big decline when your products are selling really well elsewhere.
We know DB is the problem. There are probably people on this board who would, literally, be a better CEO than DB; what would you guys address here?
When Michigan announced it would be the first major football game of 2015 for its opener, and that that meant playing on a Thursday night, my initial reaction was: 'That's not Michigan. Dave Brandon creates the future, etc.'
As the game approached, I talked myself into thinking that even though Michigan football belongs on a Saturday afternoon, I would be pretty appreciative that the Michigan football season started two days early.
Now that it is here, I am realizing that I really, really dislike it. The 'favorite gameday traditions thread' made me realize that 95% of us cannot have the usual Saturday/gameday that we are used to. I'm at work, and have to pretend I am working for the next 9 hours, which is the worst possible way to spend the hours before kickoff.
I'm just curious what everyone else's opinions are.
Michigan Basketball is holding an open practice next Wednesday, November 5, from 6-7PM at Crisler.
Following practice, the coaching staff and players will participate in a "Squad 99 Selfie" Promotion. From 7-8 p.m., the Wolverines will meet and greet fans and be available for photos and/or the popular social media "selfie." During the promotion, all U-M players and coaches will not be granting autographs.
Can this Athletic Department do anything without a stupid marketing tie-in? What the hell is Squad 99?
When people anxiously follow twitter accounts of Regent meetings, hoping for any sign that the current Athletic Director will be thrown to the wolves, it seems clear that his days are numbered.
If and when the (proverbial, people, let's not get carried away) guillotine falls, we hope for a competent and passionate replacement. I look forward to an introduction at a basketball halftime, where, like arch-nemesis Jim Tressel, the new AD announces: "You will be proud of your team--in the Stadium (which will have no advertising and lower ticket prices), in their uniforms (which are awesome exactly the way they are and will be the same for every game), and especially next November, on the field, led by new coach Jim Harbaugh."
Ok, maybe not exactly. But I hope for some walkbacks of the recent "innovations" shepherded into the program by DB.
However, not every "innovation" is necessarily bad. There have been good developments in the past few years that we tend not to associate with Brandon precisely because we don't associate him with good things; yet some of his decisions, like retaining John Beilein and choosing to pay football assistant coaches market prices, are unquestionably good.
DB has made night games a thing. The lights installed in the Stadium for that purpose are classy and effective. He has also worked, successfully, to bring other major events (The Winter Classic, the soccer game, etc) to the Big House. These seem to be popular moves.
We all want ticket prices to go down and stupid stunts like skywriting to stop; however, not everything has been bad. What DB-era innovations do you want to see continue?
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And as always, GO BLUE!
In the ongoing effort to fill the stadium, students received the following email this afternoon:
This season, we are offering students the ability to purchase a limited number of single-game tickets for the 2014 season. Student Football Season Ticket Holders had priority access last week and can continue to take advantage of this offer.
Michigan vs. Appalachian State single-game tickets will be $20 each, while single-game tickets for the remaining five games will be $40 each (Penn State sold out during last week's Student Season Ticket Holder priority window) . All seats have an assigned location and will be located in the student section behind current Student Season Ticket Holders. Validation fees will be waived for single-game tickets purchased.