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NY Times on 38 Studios

NYTimes.com offers "Curt Schilling, Rhode Island and the Fall of 38 Studios," a very lengthy and detailed look at the startup studio that ended up costing baseball star Curt Schilling and the state of Rhode Island a lot of money. Nobody comes out looking too good after all this, as the article details the na´vetÚ of game development neophyte Schilling taking on the most ambitious type of game in undertaking an MMORPG, and the sketchy history of politics in Rhode Island ("Rhode Islanders are used to being played by their politicians. What makes them cringe is the suspicion that virtually all their elected leaders might have been played by someone else."). They touch on an interstate rivalry with Massachusetts which played a part in Rhode Island's overreach here, and the behind-the-scenes machinations to facilitate the state's hefty loan to the company, which prompted the one dissenting voter to say: "Scandal finds money." The article is filled with detail on problems inherent in this situation, such as 38 Studios needing to control costs at the same time they were trying to live up to the pumped-up promise that they would bring new jobs to the state and how former 38 Studios CEO Brett Close urged releasing Amalur in smaller phases, rather than "trying to build the skyscraper horizontally and then standing it up." They sum up the current legal proceedings between Rhode Island and Schilling, and offer this interesting take: "At bottom, 38 Studios may be that rare political scandal that grew not from any lies that anyone told the public, but from the stories that desperate politicians told themselves." Thanks nin via Kotaku.

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28. Re: NY Times on 38 Studios Apr 22, 2013, 12:21 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 12:07:
No, I get what you're saying. And, clearly, the metric they provide isn't quite right, as it includes buying 2 beers, 2 caps, etc.

But great. Not every team offers that. The Yankees don't. And the Mets do, but who knows how much it costs as their system is down now.

Fact remains that baseball games aren't cheap. Sporting events as a whole aren't cheap. Why? To pay those salaries. Are they necessary?

I genuinely hope to not see you complain about CEO salaries.

I think the Yankees are about the only team that doesn't offer a family pack, but I think they still have their Bleacher Creatures deal? (which was something like 4 bleacher tickets for 50 bucks.) But yes, obviously it's more expensive in certain ballparks vs others. On the other hand, most ballparks have 5 or 10 dollar seats, and nobody is forcing you to buy your hotdogs at the ballpark.

Your CEO analogy is comparing apples to oranges. The price of a ticket is of direct influence to me. I can choose to pay said price and watch the game, or I can choose not to and not get to watch the game. The CEO's salary is of no direct influence to me. I don't stand in a store going "Well, this is a good product, but their CEO makes too much money, so I'm not going to buy it."

Sporting events aren't cheap, no. But you can choose to partake in them, or you can choose not to. If it's too expensive for you, find something else to be interested in. Or buy a 5 dollar ticket and sit in the corner of the bleachers.

I don't know if those high salaries are necessary, no, but then again, is YOUR salary necessary? It's quite franly a weird question. And what's the alternative? The government steps in and mandates salaries for professional sports? (and before anyone spouts off with a "SALARY CAP!!!" remark, I'd like to point out that the one league that has a hard salary cap, the NFL, also has BY FAR the highest ticket prices for its fans. So the benefits of a Salary Cap ONLY go to the billionaire owners, not to you, the fan.)

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