NFL Super Bowl Bid, Owners Meeting, SAP Lawsuit On FRO At 6 PM PST
FRO, or Football Reporters Online has a well-stocked show this evening at 6 PM on Blog Talk Radio. First up is Steve Burkett of Eye-Scout, on to talk about his innovative football scouting data service “in the clouds” and how he claims SAP and the San Francisco 49ers worked to take his business concept.
This blogger interviewed Mr. Burkett two weeks ago and for Zennie62 on YouTube.com. Here’s the video from that 37 minute conversation:
Did SAP take the Eye-Scout product model? Time will tell.Next up, this blogger talks about the NFL Owners Meeting and the competition to host Super Bowl L and LI, where the San Francisco Super Bowl Bidding Committee beat the South Florida Super Bowl Bidding Committee for the right to host Super Bowl L, and Houston then beat Miami for the right to host Super Bowl LI. That means Miami lost three votes in the space of about that many weeks: first, a bill that would have given Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross the public referendum he wanted to have a vote on the use of public funds to finance part of the total cost to upgrade Sun Lite Stadium never made it to the floor of the Florida House of Representatives for a vote, then the NFL Owners preferred both San Francisco and Houston’s bids, which included new stadiums, over that of the Dolphins.
The overall result so upset the South Florida Super Bowl Bidding Committee that its chairman, Rodney Barreto and Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross expressed their displeasure in a combination of tears and admonitions that their bid was better than the San Francisco Bid.
Here’s the video of their press conference:
That, and more at 6PM here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/football-reporters
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Tioki, The Mitch Kapor-Backed “Linkedin For Education, Grows In OaklandTioki.com is not a virtual tiki bar.
The Linkedin model is an undoutedly successful one, so would be just a matter of time before someone developed a site that has the same intent, but is focused on one industry, like education.
That startup company, backed by Mitch Kapor (Lotus fame) and 500 Startups, has been around for about two years and was founded by Brian Martinez and Mandela Schumacher-Hodge. It’s called Tioki.com and it’s based in Downtown Oakland.
What Tioki.com does is allow people in the education field to connect with each other and feature their profiles, education projects, job offerings, and other programs.
The website features such education luminaries as Oakland Unified School District Talent Recruiter Karla Barrios, Jim Shelton, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at U.S. Department of Education, Donors Choose Founder and CEO Charles Best, Teach For America Executive Director Emily Bobel, and others.
The website’s mission statement reads:
As you can see, we at Tioki, really like people! So much in fact, that we adamantly believe that the key to advancing the education system is to connect all of the people who know it and love it best! We, at Tioki, are committed to providing the education community with the best platform out there to discover who they need, make meaningful connections, and start the powerful process of learning from and sharing with others in the industry.
We know that the power resides in the people. Always has and always will. Tioki just makes it easier for the people to find and collaborate with one another.
San Francisco Super Bowl L Bid Press Conference VideoThe San Francisco Super Bowl L Bid Press Conference took place at the NFL News Conference Room at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel Boston and just less than 15 minutes after the announcement that San Francisco won the right to host Super Bowl L in 2016, the 50th Super Bowl.
Of the San Francisco Super Bowl L Bidding Committee group that made the trip, San Francisco 49ers Team Chairman Jed York, Chair and Tipping Point CEO Daniel Lurie, Former SF Giants Enterprises Executive Director Pat Gallagher, San Francisco Travel Authority President Joe D’Alessandro, 49ers President Gideon Yu, and the SF Bidding Committee’s behind-the-scenes staffer, the York’s and Mr. Lurie came to meet the press.
“The NFL awarded Super Bowl 50 to The Bay Area. We are extremely excited,” said Jed York. Then pointing to Lurie said “there’s been a lot of work to this bid, headed by Daniel Lurie. On behalf of the family, we are just so excited to be able to put on the Golden Super Bowl in the Golden State for, I think, the greatest fans and the greatest community in the World.”
York then turned the podium over to Lurie: “Jed, thank you. Dr. York, thank you. Gideon Yu, thank you. This has been an honor and a privilege to work on this effort over the past nine months. And Jed, and Mayor Lee, and Mayor Matthews and Mayor Reed – we’ve pulled together as a community to put our best foot forward. We had everybody going in the right direction and the same direction. For us, this is a huge moment. The Bay Area is extremely excited. Our phones are blowing up. And we’re excited to show you all the Bay Area has to offer for 2016 for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium.”
Pat Gallagher and Joe D’Alessandro Were Key
The two people that, in my view, formed the backbone of the effort, other than the lone paid staffer, were Pat Gallagher and Joe D’Alessandro. Those two got 22,000 hotel rooms under contract and that’s no small feat. For Oakland, the best we had were 7,821 rooms, and letter a commitment for 15,000 more rooms from the Santa Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The problem is in getting the hotel managers to understand that you can’t win a bid without them. “We had to twist a lot of arms” to get this done, said Gallagher.
But the most important element the San Francisco Super Bowl Bidding Committee had going for it was teamwork. We didn’t have that in Oakland, and to this day, a lack of teamwork, in all areas, consistently stops Oakland from moving forward.
SF, Houston NFL Super Bowl Bid Win Pressers Contrasts Miami’s
San Francisco and Houston won the right to host Super Bowl L and LI, respectively. Congratulations are in order and for to Dr. John York, his son Jed York, SF Super Bowl Bidding Committee Chairman Daniel Lurie, as well as to Houston Texans Owner Bob McNair and the Houston Super Bowl Bidding Committee for their win as well.
How those two groups handled their wins on video stood in dark contrast to the the sad press conference that was given by Miami Dolphins’ Owner Stephen Ross, South Florida Super Bowl Committee Chair Rodney Baretto, and the South Florida Super Bowl Bidding Committee. I feel for them, because everyone remembers a winner, but not the loser. And this blogger was that loser when Oakland bidded to host the 2005 Super Bowl that Jacksonville won the right to have.
In 2000, after then-Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced that Jacksonville was the winner, we didn’t have a press conference for the loser, but there was one for the winner.
Losing a Super Bowl Bid competition is tough because no one gets to see the hard work you put in to it. But at the end of it all, you lost, and will be judged, to a degree, by your reaction. From that perspective, the South Florida Super Bowl Bidding Committee’s response was poor. They were understandably sad, and Mr. Ross and Mr. Baretto fought back tears, and not just because they lost, but because they believed they could still win, and were still smarting from Florida Speaker Of The House Will Weatherford’s blocking of a referendum that would have given Miami voters a chance to let the Dolphins use a hotel tax increase to fund part of the $350 million in planning improvements to Sun Lite Stadium, just over two weeks ago.
Thus, in the actual press conference, Mr. Ross and Mr. Baretto forgot to thank San Francisco, and said, “I think everyone in that room would have wanted to be in Miami.” Mr. Baretto called out the two politicians who led an effort to stop a vote on the use of hotel tax revenue. Mr. Baretto also said that by the “body language of the NFL staff, we had the better vote.”
That’s not something I would have said, but then who listens to me?
Thus, their overall press conference was unforgettably sad. Here’s two of the three of them on video, with the McNair video uploading as of this writing.
First, San Francisco’s Bidding Committee Press Conference:
Second, the contrasting Miami / South Florida Bidding Committee Press Conference:
Jed York John York Daniel Lurie SF Wins Super Bowl L Bid (by zennie62)