The headline adorning this ColoradoBiz column is easily the best I’ve ever written. (The column’s kinda fun, too.) Thanks to then-editor Robert Schwab for not “sanitizing” the thing.
One of my favorite SportsBiz columns for ColoradoBiz Magazine provides a behind-the-scenes look at how sports leagues figure out which teams will play when, and where. From June 2005, here’s a profile of a math genius and his work.
The Nuggets couldn’t play at home during the last weekend in February because of back-to-back Freestyle Motocross events at Pepsi Center. Instead, the team was in Memphis on Friday and in New Orleans on Sunday night, the latter game dictating the Nuggets couldn’t play a day game Monday. Which was perfectly fine, because the players had to travel back to Denver anyway for a game Tuesday night. Which would have left Wednesday available for a home game, except that Pepsi Center was reserved for an Avalanche-Predators game that night.
A Rubik’s cube is child’s play compared to the computational puzzle that surrounds sports-league scheduling. Trying to squish thousands of games into the calendar while accounting for everything from Paul McCartney concerts to network TV demands is about as easy as nailing a three with Allen Iverson in your face. Scheduling means diving into a muddy brew of restrictions, parameters, rules, quirks, unanticipated changes, divisional conflicts, travel limitations and dozens of other ingredients that clamor for consideration. Continue reading Sticking to the schedule
Start the presses: A profile of how the publisher of a slick city magazine for Dallas residents retooled its back-office operations.
A detailed look at how a leading real estate advisory company modernized its financial management and reporting systems. Part of a profile series written for the management consulting firm Tatum.
How to make the streets safer: put a robot on the dashboard. Or at least a sort of intelligent camera that records driver habits. This case study for Tatum describes a fascinating technology that’s designed to help commercial drivers avoid accidents. Maybe now they’ll invent something similar for teenagers…
For consulting firm Tatum I examined and wrote about the systems behind the systems that make a leading home-title provider run smoothly. If you speak the language of ERP, you’ll appreciate this case study.
A Tatum case-study about the behind-the-scenes technology operations of a company that manufactures cardboard and paperboard material for all sorts of applications.
This booklet I wrote for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in represented an ideal assignment: lots of research, plenty of source material, an interesting subject, and (thank you, Helen!) enough time to do it right. Be warned: It’s a big .pdf download (about 6 Mb) but worth a look. Design is by Fathom Design & Creative.
This magazine cover story reflects an unusual reporting challenge – to develop a comprehensive profile of an individual who refuses to be interviewed.
Too bad, because I think Denver sports magnate and real estate impresario Stan Kroenke is probably a pretty interesting individual, and someday I’d love to sit down with the guy over a glass of that expensive wine from a California vineyard he recently bought. Until then, this will have to do. Â
(Published originally in ColoradoBiz and available here from the magazine’s archives.)
The sports network turns 25 and a gaggle of “remember when” articles magically appears. This one takes more of an inside-business look at a little network that became really big.