We Make Our Own 90s TV Sitcom Intro from Caylee Hammack's "Family Tree"


   We love the new song "Family Tree" from our New Country Artist Caylee Hammack.   She'll be appearing tonight at our FREE New Faces Show at Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ.   

   We thought the song would make a great 90s TV Theme Song.  So we made our own cheesy 1990s TV Intro.  


Our FREE New Faces Starring Caylee Hammack

When: Tonight  8:30
Where:   Ferris Wheeler's Backyard and BBQ



Baseball is Killing It in the Digital Age

  I recently heard a sports talk show host lament about record low television ratings for baseball’s All Star game, throwing out the possibility of perhaps retiring the mid summer classic  
  Recent reports about falling national ratings, attendance numbers trending down and the lack of national stars for the national pastime give the impression that baseball is in trouble.

  May I suggest the opposite.  Baseball is killing it right now.  Consider that the Kansas City Royals, a small market team just went on the market for over $1 Billion dollars. Why so much? I believe that no other sport has positioned itself as well as baseball for the digital age. When in comes to creating content and revenue from digital content, baseball is king.

  Probably the biggest revenue generator is television.  Not so much the national broadcasts of FOX, FS1, TBS and ESPN but the regional networks.  According to Forbes, baseball ranks #1 in primetime cable broadcasts in every major league market except Miami. In all primetime broadcasts, 12 teams broadcasts beat everything on network TV in their market, and another 8 are in the top 3.  In 2018, ratings increased by 2%.  And advertisers covet live sports, where time shifting rarely happens.

   MLB continues to blaze new paths for showcasing their sport. Facebook has been showing games for 2 years and on July 18, 2019, 2 million people watched the very first MLB Game of the Week on You Tube.  To compare, a recent Wednesday night ESPN broadcast of the Mets - Yankees game drew 756,000 viewers.  Ask your college aged kid if he watches more Cable TV, Netflix or YouTube. You may be surprised by their answer. 

  And the MLB Network is in over 69,000,000 homes and was the most successful cable network launch of all times. It’s also now available on SlingTV for those who are cutting their cable cords. 

  But where baseball is really on the forefront is the digital world. Consider that in 2010 when Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPad, he invited Major League Baseball to be part of the presentation to show how the new device could live stream games. The invitation to participate in the historic conference was made to BAM, MLB’s digital arm, aka Baseball Advanced Media. 

   In 2000, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf convinced then Commissioner Bud Selig and the other owners to pool their digital rights. Many compare this to Pete Rozelle’s efforts in the 1960s to get NFL owners to pool their TV rights. Reinsdorf said few realized how historic this was,  “A lot of [MLB] clubs thought, Okay, we’ll go along. We don’t think this will amount to much."

   Each owner agreed to invest $1,000,000 million a year for 4 years in the digital start up. By the second year, they were making profit. By 2010, BAM was generating $620 million a year. As bandwidths increased, baseball was ready with the AtBat app, MLB.TV and MLB.com.  Every game,  highlight and stat is available on your phone, your smart TV, your tablet and your XBox.  Baseball has 162 games with dozens of highlights and videos per game.  No other sport creates as much content for the digital age as baseball.  Football may draw huge national ratings, but they play one game a week. In an era were everything is available on your phone 24 / 7, no other sport creates as much opportunity for digital revenue as baseball. 

   We sometimes forget how streaming games, movies and Game of Thrones on your phone is a relatively new phenomena. And you can thank baseball for that. As bandwidths increased, it was BAM that created the technology to live stream games. Technology that was later licensed to ESPN and HBO for their apps.  Baseball’s streaming technology became so valuable that  MLB owners and BAM spun off a separate company BAMTech which they later sold a 75% share to Disney for $2.6 Billion dollars.  Yes, 2.6 Billion.
  
   MLB has become so adept at making digital revenue that in 2015, they made the unprecedented move to purchase the NHL’s digital and cable rights for $100 Million a year for 6 years.  The NHL Network is now run by the MLB Network and broadcasts out of their Secaucus, New Jersey studios.  Forbes calls BAM the “"the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of”

“I think (BAM) it’s not only one of the great stories in American sports business, but one of the great stories in American business.”   Bud Selig former Commissioner of Major League Baseball

   How much revenue is baseball generating from their digital platforms?  Baseball doesn’t seem to offer those numbers anymore.  Is the players union even aware of the exact amount of money BAM makes for the owners? Did they see any of the revenue from the $2.6 Billion BAMTech sale?  If one league can buy the digital and cable rights of another sport for $100 million a year, does that suggest that MLB has morphed from baseball’s governing body to a sports content provider? 

   Which takes us back to the All Star game.  When articles are written and sports talk hosts comment on the falling ratings of the mid summer classic, they are thinking old school. The All Star game and its other events generate so much revenue for Major League Baseball, that the prize for this year's Home Run Derby increased from $250,000 to a cool $1 Million, almost double the $555,000 winner Pete Alonso will make for playing a full season with the Mets.  

   Or consider that since 2013, only one team has been up for sale, the Miami Marlins, arguably the lowest revenue team in baseball.  They sold for $1.3 Billion. 


   Is baseball a dying sport with low TV ratings and falling attendance. Or a sport that is killing it in the digital age? 

Implosions!




Our latest implosion!




A Downtown Dallas office building owned by the First Baptist Church was brought down on Saturday June 29, 2019





    Westchester Plaza, a 12 Story Apartment Complex in Fort Worth come down Sunday Morning,  March 18 at 8 am.  The Apartments were on the corner of 8th Avenue and Pennsylvania in the Medical District across the street from the Thistle Hill Mansion.   The building was constructed in 1951.





            

    Texas Stadium,  home of the Dallas Cowboys for almost 40 years, met it's fate on April 11, 2010. Located in the apex of Highways 114, Northwest Highway and 183, the stadium parking lots were once used on non game days as drive in Movie theaters.







   The Thomas Building in downtown Dallas was used for the Cotton business for over 70 years. It sat vacant for it's last 20 years before coming down in November of 2012.  It's site, 1314 Wood St.  is now used for parking. 





   The First Baptist Church of Dallas imploded 4 buildings of their downtown campus for new construction on October 30, 2010. 





   The Power Plant of Northlake in Coppell comes down in 2012. 





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The Grave Sites of Bonnie and Clyde (Plus the Barrow Gas Station Location)



Just Added:  Hear Mark Stuertz author of Secret Dallas discusses the gas station owed by Clyde Barrow's father that still exists in West Dallas.  Hear the interview at the 10:15 mark 





 I recently set out to visit the grave sites of notorious bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Both  are buried in Dallas. Despite their wish to be buried together, the Parker family denied their request.


    Bonnie Parker was originally buried in Fishtrap Cemetery off Singleton Road in Dallas but in 1945 her body was moved to the new Crown Hill Cemetery.





Directions to Crown Hill Cemetery 

Enter Through the Lombardy Lane Entrance



   Clyde Barrow was buried next to his brother in west Dallas' Western Heights Cemetery off Fort Worth Avenue. The cemetery has a fence and a locked gate, which causes a lot of visitors to think that that cemetery is off limits.
    But at the east corner of the lot, the fence ends, and there are welcoming steps into the cemetery.

Directions

No criminal mind could penetrate this fortress of security. 

A few years from the locked gate are steps into the cemetery






   Not far from the Barrow gravesite is a old gas station that was once home to the Barrow family. Located on 1221 Singleton, the building is vacant and for sale.

  Directions 

The gas station in its early days

Available for purchase, the gas station today 




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Will This Bridge Ever Open? Does Anybody Even Realize It's Closed

The city of Dallas built two dramatic pedestrian bridges (The Margaret McDermott Bridge) over the Trinity River.  What's more amazing; the bridges can't get certified because of cost cutting measures or that no one realizes that the bridges never opened?


             


How did we get to this point?  Read the story in the