sports: December 2008 Archives

Mark Teixeira

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Well, at least one thing is consistent in the recession: the New York Yankees can still spend with abandon. With their signing of first baseman Mark Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million contract, the Yanks now possess the top four highest-paid players in baseball, at a total commitment of more than $800 million.

Unlike, say, Goldman Sachs, these salaries don't get absorbed by management fees; the costs are, in part, passed to consumers. To that end, the Yankees--who recently sought $350 million in public financing before spending $421 million on free agents--are raising ticket prices for next season. The price increases reflect the new Yankee Stadium, which is nearing completion, as well as the player expenses. Nearly half the stadium now costs more than $45 a ticket.

KiS Golf

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KiS Golf, which operated indoor golf facilities in six states, converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week and is liquidating assets. The shift in plans surprised many people, including irate customers with pricy membership plans.

More old businesses

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The economic slowdown affects family-run, local businesses as much as it shakes publicly traded companies. A pair of long-time establishments announced closings this week:

  • Modern Metal Products, an auto parts supplier dating to 1946, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company expects to shut down; it found a willing buyer, but the buyer was able to arrange financing to complete a sale.
  • John Wilson Sporting Goods, a Cedar Rapids-based retailer also in business since 1946, is closing its doors at the end of the year. Current economic conditions prohibit the owner from signing a new lease. Sadly, owner John Wilson is quoted as saying, "I can't see somebody wanting to start a locally-owned sporting goods store."
Timely Demise tracks the retail industry as it changes with our unprecedented economic environment. By David Wertheimer. Did I miss something? Drop me a line.

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