The presentations I found most intriguing today were the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Charlotte Bobcats presentations. What was interesting from the Pirates presentation was that the Steelers and Penguins were both a strength for the Pirates. In most situations, competing franchises would be a weakness or threat, but the recent winning trends of the Steelers and Penguins have created a culture of success in Pittsburgh, and this is almost forcing the Pirates to strive to increase their product. It's not like they aren't trying, it's just what they've tried has worked to this point. I completely agree with the presenters recommendations for the organization. The Pirates really need to work hard to rid themselves of the revolving door that is attached to the organization.
What I found interesting from the Charlotte Bobcats presentation is all the opportunities they have to grow. The organization is located in a fast growing state, has a huge college basketball fan base, and has an opportunity to take advantage of the "social networking revolution". Targeting the college fan base would be a great way to bring in fans that may not have been previously affiliated with a professional team. Using social networking to reach the college fan base would be the most effective way in my opinion, as the majority of social network members are of college age.
There were a few things from the presentations today that kinda stuck out to me. First, from the presentation on the Fargo - Moorehead Red Hawks, is the way that power and authority is evident from the coach's position. The example of the player showing up to batting practice hung over, shows the power the coach has by controlling that information. Whether the player plays or possibly whether he's on the roster or not, is in the coach's power. If he decided to disclose the information to the owner/GM, the player would most likely be disciplined and possibly cut, if he doesn't the player plays. The coach is in an important position of power, especially from the players perspective.
From the presentation on Life Time Fitness, what stuck out to me was how to contract length offered by the club is both benefitial and detrimental. By offering month to month contracts, the club is able to attract more clients, but at the same time, their ability to retain their clients is hindered. This means that the club really has to work hard to impress and retain their clients.
What I found interesting from the First Tee presentation was how being a formalized organization both helps and hinders it. Being sport specific means instructors are knowledgeable, but offering only one sport may be a turn-off for kids who can join a program or group with a wide variety of activities. Offering more activities may keep kids interested in the organization, where as offering only one may cause the kids become "burned-out" on golf.
The presentations from day 3 went pretty well. The ones that really stuck out to me were the Pittsburgh Steelers, The NHL, and the Brainard Lakes Lunkers. The Steelers presentation was interesting because it was the perspective of a fan. I wonder how different the analysis would have been coming from a Browns, Ravens or Bengals fan. It just makes you realize that the organization should also consider the evaluator when looking at an analysis.
I thought the NHL analysis was also interesting because he looked at a problem between two separate parties, DirectTV and Versus, that affects the organization. The problem seems to have reached a point where rather than trying to resolve the problem, the separate companies are basically slinging mud, and this is affecting how many people are able to watch and follow the NHL.
Finally, I though the presentation the the Lunkers was interesting because it was a smaller organization in a smaller league. I knew a little bit about the Northwoods Baseball League, but I never realized the St. Cloud River Bats owner could also own another team in the same league. You'd think it could possibly be a conflict of interest, but I guess the league is meant to be more of a developmental league than an extremely competitive one.