Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgIkeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileIkeja Hotel Plc is a hotel development and management company with direct or indirect ownership of Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Sheraton Abuja Hotel and Federal Palace Hotels & Casino. The company targets the leisure, business and convention markets in Opebi, Ikeja and Lagos. Sheraton Lagos Hotel has 340 guest rooms and an impressive array of conferencing and recreational facilities, making it one of the largest hotels in Nigeria. Sheraton Abuja Hotel has 575 rooms and conference, restaurants and recreational facilities. Sun International’s Federal Palace Hotel & Casino is a luxury 5-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Victoria Island’s commercial district and boasts luxury accommodation, a casino, conference facilities and an array of restaurants, bars and recreational facilities. Established in 1972 and formerly known as Properties Development Limited, the company changed its name to Ikeja Hotel Limited in 1980. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Ikeja Hotel Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 – Round 15 & Australia vs Scotland

first_imgWednesday Jun 13, 2012 Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 – Round 15 & Australia vs Scotland Plays of the Week catch up from the brilliant Rugby Club on Fox Sports Australia, featuring the best and worst from the last round of Super Rugby, and Australia’s midweek loss to Scotland.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Haiti protests continue despite U.N. troops’ bullets

first_imgHaitians in Port-au-Prince demand president resign.All over Haiti, people by the tens of thousands are putting their bodies in the streets and their lives on the line. They are demanding the departure of President Michel Martelly and the 6,500 Minustah troops currently occupying the country under a United Nations mandate.The resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and 40 members of his cabinet on Dec. 13 made no difference to the size or intensity of the protests.This struggle has been ignored or minimized by most of the corporate media. For example, the BBC on Dec. 16 commented on a protest by “hundreds of people in Haiti” that it said had turned “violent” when protesters threw rocks. Videos and photos of that protest show tens of thousands of Haitians in the street, demanding the departure of Martelly and Minustah.A video shot at a Dec. 12 protest shows Minustah troops firing on protesters. (tinyurl.com/pyeeeq8) It has been viewed over 1 million times.How the protesters reacted to this live fire is significant. They took cover but didn’t disperse and kept on chanting and throwing rocks at the soldiers. When an officer with a pistol began firing at protesters, a Haitian journalist with a microphone and camera moved towards the officer and asked him what he was doing. As the confrontation developed, several other journalists rushed forward and a soldier with a rifle extracted the officer.At least one protester was killed Dec. 12 and a half dozen were so seriously injured that they had to be taken to the hospital.December 12 and 13 saw large demonstrations outside Port-au-Prince in Cap Haïtien, Gonaïves, Ouanaminthe and Petite Goâve, where daily demonstrations for the last month have blocked National Road #2 to the south. In every city, the main demand is the departure of Martelly. In many places, using official cars for a fast getaway, Martelly supporters have fired on protests. A number of injuries were reported.Radio Kiskeya has videos of large demonstrations that took place in Port-au-Prince on Dec. 18.While the Haitian people have united to demand the departure of Martelly, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White supports him. “We believe he was elected for a certain period of time,” she told Le Nouvelliste, the largest daily Haitian newspaper. “He must stay until his mandate ends.” His term is not up until May 14, 2016.However, the U.S. still denies interfering in Haiti’s internal affairs.Probably planning to rule by decree, Martelly has refused to hold the constitutionally required elections that would keep the Haitian parliament functioning. For public consumption, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Haiti to hold elections as soon as possible in order to put an end to the crisis.Despite all the bloody Minustah and Haitian police attacks, and the political pressure the U.S. exerts covertly, the anger of the Haitian people is so strong that some optimism is being expressed.“We are definitely witnessing the final days of the regime,” said Haitian Sen. Moïse Jean-Charles, a leader of the anti-Martelly protests. “We do not expect to celebrate Haiti’s independence on New Year’s 2015 with Martelly still in power. We are not going to negotiate now with Martelly. We simply want Martelly and Lamothe to go.” (Haïti-Liberté, Dec. 10-16)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Recap: Who Won What at the NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena

first_imgIn a ceremony filled with rhetoric about the present state of political affairs in the country, film director and producer Ava DuVernay was named Entertainer of the Year. Accepting the award, DuVernay praised other African American artists for their role in emphasizing the black community’s power to create change. “This is our time. We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it, that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: ‘Live the dream.’ We’re the dream,” DuVernay said. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Here’s the list of the winners: Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 17 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it As Halle Berry presented the Music Makes a Difference Award to Charlie Wilson, she spoke about the significance of presenting the Image Awards on MLK Day. “We need to take heed to his eloquent words: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.’ Today is an affirmation that we will never, ever, ever, ever be silent again,” Berry said. Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover receive dthe President’s Award at the 49th NAACP Image Awards Monday night at the Pasadena Convention Center. Glover, the NAACP said, is “a remarkable man whose accomplishments in Hollywood are matched by his philanthropic triumphs.” Angela Robinson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lena Waithe, Laverne Cox, Kerry Washington, and Tracee Ellis Ross came up onstage holding hands to declare support for the campaign to stop sexual harassment and gender discrimination. They also urged the audience to speak up in the coming midterm elections. “The midterms are a perfect moment for us to use our voices,” Robinson said. “If we can take back a Senate seat in Alabama…” For more information, visit https://naacpimageawards.net/ EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Gatherings Recap: Who Won What at the NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 4:20 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The NAACP Image Awards is considered to be the preeminent multi-cultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Make a comment Anthony Anderson hosted the show at the Pasadena Convention Center’s Civic Auditorium, dishing out some political monologue poking fun at the Trump administration, while others who came up the stage spoke about civic involvement and social justice. “Sisters, especially the ones from Haiti and Africa, we love you as your brothers,” said producer Will Packer as he criticized Trump’s recent comments about immigration while accepting an award for “Girls Trip,” which won for Outstanding Motion Picture. Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday The NAACP President’s Award is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past President’s Award honorees include Lonnie G. Bunch, III, John Legend, Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association, Kerry Washington, and Spike Lee. HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty As the award was presented to Glover, he asked the audience and TV viewers to text in their pledge to vote in 2018 and make a difference. Business News Outstanding actor in a motion picture: Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out”Outstanding actress in a motion picture: Octavia Spencer in “Gifted”Outstanding actor in a comedy series: Anthony Anderson in “black-ish”Outstanding actress in a comedy series: Tracee Ellis Ross in “black-ish”Outstanding comedy series: “black-ish”Outstanding actor in a drama series: Omari Hardwick in “Power”Outstanding actress in a drama series: Taraji P. Henson in “Empire”Outstanding drama series: “Power”Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Jay Ellis in “Insecure”Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series: Marsai Martin in “black-ish”Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Joe Morton in “Scandal”Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: Naturi Naughton in “Power”Outstanding television movie, limited series or dramatic special: “The New Edition Story”Outstanding actor in a television movie, limited series or dramatic special: Idris Elba in “Guerrilla”Outstanding actress in a television movie, limited series or dramatic special: Queen Latifah in “Flint”Outstanding news/information (series or special): “Unsung”Outstanding talk series: “The Real”Outstanding reality program/reality competition series: “The Manns”Outstanding variety or game show (series or special): “Lip Sync Battle”Outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture: Idris Elba in “Thor: Ragnarok”Outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture: Tiffany Haddish, in “Girls Trip”Outstanding independent motion picture: “Detroit” Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Wilson himself talked about how he recovered from addiction and homelessness and went on the way to musical success and philanthropy. He said he is now focused on helping homeless addicts. More Cool Stuff Del Yarbrough, President of the Pasadena NAACP, last week said the awards are a way of recognizing those in the entertainment industry in ways that others don’t, and give recognition to those not yet on the national stage. “Then we can shift the imbalance of power,” Smollett-Bell retorted. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes William Lucy, who fought apartheid in South Africa, was given the NAACP Chairman’s Award for his more than 40 years of service in the labor organizing front. He said he was accepting the award in honor of the Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968. Dr. King spoke to the striking employees the night before he was assassinated. Top of the News last_img read more

Gooden scores 23 to lead Dixie State over Denver 73-70

first_imgDecember 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local Gooden scores 23 to lead Dixie State over Denver 73-70 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDENVER (AP) — Cameron Gooden had 23 points as Dixie State narrowly defeated Denver 73-70.Hunter Schofield had 14 points for Dixie State. Frank Staine added 10 points.Jase Townsend had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Pioneers. Robert Jones added 13 points and Sam Hines Jr. had 11 points and seven rebounds. Associated Press Written by Tags: Cameron Gooden/Dixie State Trailblazers Basketballlast_img read more

Sturdy Savings Bank Proudly Supports Cape May County Library – 2019 Teen Photography Contest

first_img(L-R): Sturdy Savings Bank Cape May Court House Branch Manager Lisa Rendzak (left), presents the bank’s sponsorship check for the Cape May County Teen Photography Contest to Teen Services Librarian Johanna Boyle (center). Also pictured are Sturdy Savings Bank’s Business Development Officers Mike Lloyd and Michael Clark. Cape May Court House, NJ – June 6, 2019 – Sturdy Savings Bank recently presented a sponsorship check to Cape May County Teen Services Librarian Johanna Boyle for their Teen Photography Contest.“We are proud to support the Cape May County Library’s Teen Photography Contest, which encourages our youth to express themselves and realize their talent,” said Sturdy Savings Bank President Jerry Reeves.The Teen Photography Contest runs from mid-June to August 6 and is open to all teens in Cape May County ages 12-18. Photos can be submitted in three categories: “Cape May County,” “Universe of Stories (Teen Summer Reading Theme)” and “Nature.” Prizes will be awarded in each category. For more information contact the library at (609) 463-6360 or visit www.cmclibrary.org.Sturdy Savings Bank serves Cape May and Atlantic Counties at 14 branches located in Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, Marmora, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Tuckahoe, and Wildwood Crest.Each of Sturdy’s branches consider the communities in which they are located their homes, and are dedicated to see those areas succeed. The bank often donates to local organizations, and supports schools because it values the development of the youth in the communities it serves.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit www.sturdyonline.com or call 609-463-5220.Sturdy Savings Bank, Member FDIC is an Equal Housing Lender.last_img read more

Moy Park Foodservice

first_imgMoy Park Foodservice (Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire) offers branded donuts under the Kitchen Range Foods label.Moy Park Foodservice’s individually wrapped donuts are available in chocolate and strawberry flavours with hundreds and thousands on top.Matt Godbold, marketing manager for Moy Park Foodservice, says: “We have seen consistent value and volume growth in the total donut market over the last year and we have a perfect range for out-of-home outlets to benefit from the profit potential in this sector.”last_img read more

Less than half of UK bakeries have food waste reduction plan

first_imgSource: Too Good To GoLess than half of UK bakeries have a documented plan in place to reduce food waste, according to new research by app Too Good To Go.The report, called Rising to the challenge – in-depth insight into food waste in the UK bakery sector, identifies employee views on food waste, which items are most frequently destined for the bin and what bakeries are doing to tackle the issue. A total of 255 bakery employees were polled as part of the research as well as 2,024 consumers.“Our research found that employees care deeply about wasting food. This is not surprising considering the hours of time and energy that go into creating perfect pastries, crusty loaves and delicious cupcakes,” said Paschalis Loucaides, UK managing director, Too Good To Go.“If practices continue as they are, the team and resource costs of throwing away food will take their toll on bakery businesses. But by introducing training programmes, adopting new tools, implementing technology solutions and building them into operations guidelines, the bakery sector can rise to the challenge and lead the way in reducing our nation’s food waste footprint.”Here are some key messages from the report:Why does food waste occur?Strict health and safety guidelines were identified as the top reason for food waste in bakeries with 35% of bakery employees selecting it as one of the main causes.A short shelf life was identified by a third (33%) followed by the weather with 31% stating that it directly impacts demand and therefore surplus.“With fresh food, especially short shelf life fresh food like what we produce in bakeries, it is really hard to work out how much you need to produce for the next day because the weather might be terrible… and all of a sudden shopper habits end up being disrupted,” said Rob Hagen, MD of East Bristol Bakery in the report.Ready-made sandwiches top the list of wasted itemsUK bakeries are most likely to waste ready-made sandwiches, the report states.They were identified by 58% of the bakery employees surveyed as being among the most wasted products in their bakeries. Cakes came in second being among the most wasted in 42% of bakeries, followed by fresh bread in 37% and pastries in 36%.“Food waste can vary but baguettes and sandwiches are the main thing that often goes to waste because we make them fresh daily and it’s hard to get the right amount,” said Lee Griffiths, head of retail for Parsons Bakery, in the report.Education and documentation is neededAlmost two thirds (60%) of bakeries think they should minimise food waste to help the environment.However, less than half (42%) of bakeries in the UK have operations guidelines or documentation that include best practice to minimise food waste. What’s more, 46% of those surveyed said they provide training on sustainability awareness or reducing food waste for its staff.The good news, according to Too Good To Go, is that food waste is a visible issue with nine out of 10 of those polled claiming to be aware of how much food their business wastes each working day.“There is a knowledge gap in understanding,” the report states. “Managers are more aware of the environmental ramifications of food waste than full-time employees. This could be due to the fact that reducing food waste doesn’t appear to be on the menu for many bakeries.”Bakery waste impacts employee moraleFood waste can impact bakery employee morale, the report noted.Over a third (38%) of employees believe that their team morale is impacted by how much food the business wastes. What’s more, almost half (48%) feel disappointed when food is wasted while 37% feel guilty that carefully crafted treats may end up in the bin.One small plus is that nearly half (44%) of businesses allow staff to take home unsold food.last_img read more

Drew Faust visits Asia

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust has embraced Harvard’s international image in both practical and symbolic ways. Faust, whose appointment was celebrated around the world as an example of what women now can achieve, has traveled to China, Botswana, South Africa, Western Europe, and most recently took a weeklong trip to Japan and China. 6Reflections of the tour. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Detail of a traditional Japanese lunch, which includes bite-size portions of delectable fresh seafood, and a pot of customary tea. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 33Heenan and Faust speak before the briefing.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 13The fish market is a bustling place during the early morning hours. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Following her meeting with the prime minister, Faust takes questions from the media.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 26Graduates from Bryn Mawr, Drew Faust’s alma mater, crowd around Faust (right) to give a cheer. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Faust answers questions from the journalists. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12At the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, an auctioneer calls out rhythmically to entice buyers.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Susan Pharr (from left), Charles Rosenberg, and Drew Faust meet Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 29A reflective ceiling shows members of the Harvard delegation on the sidewalk outside of the Louis Vuitton building. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Charles Rosenberg and Drew Faust stroll through a marketplace. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Following the press meeting, Gordon (from left), Faust and Rosenberg speak about the session. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 31Prior to a lunch with other university presidents in the Shangri-La Hotel, Faust speaks with some of the attendees. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Yasushi Akashi (from left), the chairman of International House, and Drew Faust speak to a lunchtime gathering of university presidents. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Professor Ted Bestor (from left), President Drew Faust, and Professor Andrew Gordon enjoy the tour. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Harvard University President Drew Faust tours Kyoto with Harvard professors Ted Bestor, Andrew Gordon, and Susan Pharr. They visit temples, shrines, villas, and markets in the ancient city. Here, a Kyoto garden scene offers quietly arching trees and vibrant, inviting moss. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Students gather to hear Faust (right) speak during her visit to the Keio Girls Senior High School. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 22Faust walks through the Mita Campus Old University Library. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Faust speaks to Hatoyama through his translator. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 30Exterior view of the Christian Dior Building. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5A view of Kyoto’s somewhat bare trees on a cloudy day.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9The hostess, dressed in a customary kimono tied with an obi, speaks about the traditional Japanese lunch enjoyed by the group. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 23Faust (right) gives a brief interview and sits for photographs following her talk to students. Heenan (left) follows the discussion. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 25Faust attends the Harvard Club of Japan Dinner at Hotel Okura. Rosenberg (second from left), Faust, and Jack Reardon arrive at the event. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Detail of the Kyoto tour.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 35Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland (left) and Faust speak during the Harvard Center Shanghai celebratory reception and banquet in the Shangri-La Hotel.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 38Mostafavi (left) and Light speak following the event. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 15A member of the Japan National Press Club poses a question to Faust. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 11The Harvard delegation meets with President Eiji Hatta of Doshisha University. Christine Heenan (from left), Ted Bestor, Andrew Gordon, Susan Pharr, Charles Rosenberg, Drew Faust, Eiji Hatta, Keiko Ikeda, and other university officials speak. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 40A view of the World Expo site from the tour bus. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 27Faust tours the architectural sights of Tokyo, including the Louis Vuitton, Tod’s, and Prada buildings, with Harvard Design School Dean Mohsen Mostafavi. Here, Makoto Hoshino (from left) and Mostafavi discuss the design of the Prada building. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 32Yang YuLiang (from left), Faust, Madsen, and Zhang XinSheng speak during the lunch. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 24Norio Okaido (right) attends the meeting in the Hotel Okura where Faust meets with CULCON. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7A tree in the Shugakuin Imperial Villa echoes the human form.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 28Here, an interior view of the Louis Vuitton building shows reflective panels and a modern leather bench. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 36Faust and Harvard Business School Dean Jay Light shake hands before Faust speaks from the podium. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 37Phillip Zhang ’12 (left) and Yi Cai ’11 speak with guests following the duet they performed during the banquet. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 39Faust tours the architectural sights of Shanghai, including the World Expo site. Kongjian Yu (from left) speaks with Faust as he leads the walking tour along the World Expo site. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10The group tours the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 34A view of the Pudong skyline and the HSBC building that houses the Harvard Center Shanghai. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

An inside look at the powerful, porous NFL

first_img“‘Politics has become a much bigger subject than the Super Bowl,’ [President] Trump boasted in the run-up to the big game. ‘This is usually Super Bowl territory, and now they’re saying that the politics is more interesting to people,’ he said. ‘So that’s good.’”  — Mark Leibovich, writing in The New York Times Magazine last Aug. 28As a club of rich businesspeople and lucky heirs operating a billion-dollar cash cow, the last thing that team owners in the National Football League (NFL) wanted was to be swept into a political maelstrom, with the president pressing them to punish players who protested violence against African-Americans by kneeling during the national anthem.But that’s exactly what happened in 2017 and 2018 when President Trump seized on the protests, brought into the national spotlight by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016. Trump’s efforts both galvanized his supporters and unsettled the NFL, which had rejected his attempts to become an owner, beginning in the late ’80s and continuing through 2014, when Trump wanted to buy the Buffalo Bills.Yet as much as the owners tried to keep politics away from the pigskin, Mark Leibovich, a longtime political writer for The New York Times, wasn’t surprised that effort failed. Best known for his 2013 best-seller “This Town,” a sharply funny look at smug, self-aggrandizing denizens of the nation’s capital, Leibovich took a break from politics to study New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL’s inner workings for his latest book, “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.”Leibovich will visit the JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard Kennedy School Tuesday evening to discuss the politics and business of the NFL.A lifelong Patriots fan from Newton, Mass., Leibovich spoke with the Gazette about his experiences as an outsider trying to pierce the NFL’s tightly controlled corporate “shield.” He also discussed the future of the sport and how Patriots fans may be contributing to the hatred directed at the team by other fan bases, the media, and some team owners.Q&AMark LeibovichGAZETTE: Has your impression of the NFL changed from when you looked at it as a fan versus now, after you’ve seen the inner workings?LEIBOVICH: I certainly learned stuff about the league that I didn’t particularly admire, especially some of the people who run it and own it. I thought that there’s not a lot of real forward or courageous thinking going on at the highest levels of the league. I think there are some real moral and existential issues that they have to grapple with, or should grapple with, around health and safety and a lot of greed. A lot of the owners who I spent time with were not the most savory group I’ve ever been around. But having said that, the game does still seem to survive in spite of the people who run it. And I still have whatever addiction it is.I think the game has a way of regenerating and putting the focus back on not just the field of play, but also the little “reality TV shows” that seem to sprout up around the NFL all the time. Now all anyone is talking about is “Should they replay the New Orleans-L.A. [NFC championship] game?” I personally think they should. That’d be a lot of fun. The game endures; it’s a great game; it’s perfect for television; it’s perfectly attuned to the psyche of America circa 2019, and here we are.GAZETTE: You wrote lengthy profiles of both Brady in January 2015 and his Deflategate nemesis, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a year later. What was that like? Was there real animosity between the two, or was that overstated?LEIBOVICH: I think it’s real animosity. I think Tom legitimately got screwed in that deal. The time I spent with him was all leading up to that. It was that season, and then I got a few conversations with him after the you-know-what hit the fan. They’re both athletes in their own way. Goodell is sort of a corporate athlete. He’s a terrible person to interview. He’s very controlled and doesn’t give you much. But if you think about it in terms of reality TV, this was a great TV show for the offseason of 2015‒2016, and it was one of the big sports stories in the country at a time when there were no games. It was, I think, the stupidest sports scandal in history.GAZETTE: How much of Goodell’s zeal in pursuing punishment against Brady and the Patriots over something the league’s own investigation couldn’t prove might have been to ingratiate himself to the owners who detest the franchise, after Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic-violence incidents, among other PR mishaps?LEIBOVICH: Yes, exactly. One of the reasons I wanted to do this book was it was an escape from politics. But you realize pretty early on that there’s no escaping politics inside the NFL. Roger Goodell, if nothing else, is a politician. He’s sort of like a Senate majority leader who has to keep 50 senators happy. All Goodell has to do is keep 32 billionaires happy and he’s going to keep his job and get paid insane amounts of money to do it. So yeah, appealing to an anti-Patriots strain within the NFL among owners is a pretty easy political move, and that’s what he did.GAZETTE: After several years of self-inflicted scandals and PR problems — including revelations about the pervasiveness of traumatic brain injuries for players, declining TV ratings in 2016 and 2017, and, more recently, the controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem — ratings soared last weekend for the conference championship games. What’s the state of the NFL now?LEIBOVICH: Insomuch as they will always measure the state of the league in terms of profits and ratings points, I mean, sure. They’ve had a good year. But if you measure the state of the league in terms of the bad will it generates around the country, despite how obsessed people are, there’s a whole lot of people who do not like the NFL. Many of them live in New Orleans this week. But there are large groups of people who root The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Off-field experiences sharpen NFL players’ criminal justice focus Bill Belichick’s endlessly efficient management style holds lessons for business Law School conference hears from coalition on roots of activism, ideas for improving police-community relations for many different teams who have very real grievances against the league — not to mention parents of kids who are at terrible risk, and there are a lot of very real existential issues around health and safety and youth sports leagues not getting insurance — to put behind them. There’s just a lot they’re going to have to work out. But in the short term, Americans love a good TV show and a good drama. So I guess the numbers that they care about, which are how much money they’re going to get out of this, they can feel good about. Insomuch as the owners are generally very old, mostly men, who are going to maximize their already ridiculous wealth by whatever ratings points they achieve this year, that’s their short-term thinking.I don’t think football is going to go away and die. But I do think when you look at how younger people are turning away from sitting around and watching football on TV on weekends, it’s a very different entertainment landscape that we have. If you were looking to the future, something like the NBA or even soccer has much bigger room to grow, and there’s not the same amount of bad will there as toward the NFL, so I think that’s a problem.GAZETTE: What’s similar and what’s different about writing and covering politics as opposed to football? In many ways, it seems like a lot of the access issues, the horse trading, the thirstiness, goes on in both. What was your impression?LEIBOVICH:  It was more similar than I would have anticipated. Ultimately, there are a lot of the same fragile egos, money, power, and control — control from a journalistic standpoint, control over the story. You mentioned access. Access is a big deal. They don’t need me, but at the same time I do think that everyone, whether in politics or sports, feels like they have a story to tell, and they want to tell it as best they can. And in some ways, I was dangerous to people inside the NFL because I was not telling any kind of official story. I was an outsider. To some degree, it’s always important to try to position yourself as an outsider because otherwise you get so cozy and so steeped in the conventional wisdom. You just don’t want to be part of the club. In that regard, it was an easy inside/outside game for both. But, look, it’s basically the same tension between people wanting to tell their story in a certain way and a reporter trying to write something that more closely approximates the truth.GAZETTE:  Why were team owners so easily rattled by Trump’s attacks on the league over players who protested police violence against African-Americans? They acted like they weren’t a bunch of millionaires who controlled the country’s most popular sport.LEIBOVICH: It was pathetic to watch. I think what the owners were rattled by is that Donald Trump, for better or for worse, has the ability to control a pretty large segment of the population. His base is, say, 30 or 40 percent of the population, and many of these are older, white men, and that overlaps pretty big with football watchers. The NFL, unlike Trump, cannot just play to its base. The NFL needs everybody — it needs Democrats, Republicans, men, women, Hispanics. You have this very bizarre situation where a president who has personal history with the league — NFL owners have never wanted Donald Trump to be part of their club — all of a sudden has the bully pulpit of the White House, and his Twitter feed. And all of a sudden he can be this puppeteer and drive these people who wanted no part of him crazy. Trump loves that. The owners just had no clue. You just sensed that these people had no power, and even though they were printing money in their league, they were reduced to blithering.GAZETTE: Is that “culture war” issue over, or could the president revive it?LEIBOVICH: I think Trump could revive it at any minute. I’m actually sort of surprised that he didn’t make it more of an issue this season, coinciding with the midterm elections. I think one of the best things the NFL had going for it this year was that Trump was preoccupied with the midterms, and now the shutdown, and he just decided to move on. And the league, obviously, was thrilled with that.GAZETTE: You had to step away from covering politics full-time for a few years to write “Big Game.” Given how news-making and chaotic the Trump era has been, do you regret that decision? Did you ever feel like you missed your shot to write the first “Fire and Fury”?LEIBOVICH: No, I would drive myself crazy if I thought about all the books I could have written. The truth is people come up to me and say, “Wow, this is the biggest, greatest political story ever. You must be completely in heaven!” The first year of the Trump administration I was mostly focused on writing the book, and clearly I missed out on some big stories. But at the same time, I don’t find it as fun or as edifying as others might. I find a lot of it pretty depressing. It wasn’t as terrible a time to be walking away from politics as you might have thought. Good for Michael Wolff, he wrote “Fire and Fury,” one of the many books I wish I had written and thought of at the time.GAZETTE: Will you revisit the subject, or has the tone change in D.C. made that critique off-key?LEIBOVICH: I’m actually thinking of revisiting that. That’s an ongoing question. Certainly, the swamp hasn’t been drained. We have this reality TV show going on right in the middle of everything, which is just weird. But if you walk around D.C., it’s the same — a very, very prosperous, very, very cozy city. And K Street is doing very well. It’s an incredibly affluent and prosperous part of the country right now. Whatever pain is being inflicted on the D.C. area is coming pretty directly from the [government] shutdown-related stuff right now, which is huge. But also, part of it is karmic pain. What’s happening here is just so unprecedented, it’s very unpalatable in many ways. There’s corruption, there’s potential crimes. It’s pretty serious stuff beyond the giggles of the reality show.GAZETTE: You are a lifelong Patriots fan, who goes back to the Schaefer Stadium, Jim Plunkett days, when the franchise was so abysmal it was blacked out on local TV because it couldn’t fill the stands.LEIBOVICH: Yeah, I didn’t go to many games. I think I went twice to Schaefer Stadium. That was my age. They were bad.GAZETTE: Is there a part of you that misses rooting for that sad underdog, or are you happy with all the Lombardi trophies?LEIBOVICH: First of all, I definitely do miss the Patriots’ old uniforms and the old helmets. I loved that helmet. Insomuch as I own any paraphernalia, it’s always the old logo instead of the new logo. That is one thing I miss.There’s definitely some real bad will toward the Pats, and it’s not entirely jealousy. I think a lot of it is arrogance, and we’re not the most likable group of fans in America, I would say. I try to be self-aware about that. I do think that on a whole it’s an incredible privilege to be able to sit and watch these playoff games. Even when they lose, it’s a great story. We’re just so spoiled, and it’s going to end soon, or one day.GAZETTE: OK, what’s your Super Bowl prediction?LEIBOVICH: I was actually thinking about this. In the eight Super Bowls the Patriots have played this century, the margin has never been more than a touchdown, so I think it’ll probably be close. I will say that the Pats will win 33 to 31, how’s that?GAZETTE: And how long does Brady keep playing?LEIBOVICH: Until he’s 45 years old. He’s 41 now. I just sounded much more definitive and specific than I thought. But I figured if I sounded definitive and specific, I’d have much more authority [laughs].The interview has been edited for clarity and length.center_img Related At Cambridge diner, political scientist and friends regularly talk football Doing his job Theda Skocpol, superfanlast_img read more