Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Is Magic In Over His Head?

Magic Johnson calling you in free agency is cooler than the Kansas City Royals owner calling you. No offense to those guys.

Curt Schilling's comments on Dodgers new owner Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is the most beloved athlete in the city of Los Angeles. He's what Derek Jeter is to New York, Michael Jordan is to Chicago, and Bret Favre is to Green Bay. He's the face of the city. Now he is the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a proud franchise that has fallen on hard times. It will be his job to resurrect the enthusiasm and winning tradition among the Dodger faithful. Is he in over his head?

Magic has proven himself a successful businessman in many different endeavors including movie theaters, Starbucks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. No one can question his ability to make wise investments and capitalize on his name recognition and good standing in the community. On the surface it seems like a match made in heaven, but what does Magic really know about baseball? Can he tell a curve ball from a slider? Will he know when to be critical of players and coaches? Will he defer to his baseball brain trust on everything?

Whether or not Magic Johnson helps the Dodgers win a World Series he is an example of how to leverage your accomplishments and financial resources into great wealth and power. Young kids growing up (especially African American) should pay attention to his evolution. Going from prep star and national champion in East Lansing to a world champion in the NBA to the owner of a $2,000,000,000 entity is quite a story. Horatio Alger would be proud. I've been watching Magic Johnson since I was 7 years old and I am more impressed with his latest accomplishment than all of his championships and MVP trophies combined. You've come a long way Magic.

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