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On December 8, 2015, Brian commented on The NCAA: It was fun while it lasted! :

Regarding the Northwestern ruling, this past summer the NLRB dismissed Northwestern player’s petitions to formalize the union. Essentially, there were concerns that if players at a private school in the FBS were allowed to unionize, it would have unknown consequences for public institutions. Also, the board noted that the position of scholarship players may change in the near future so they didn’t want to rule until they saw these effects. Pretty much, they are postponing putting the ruling into effect, with the possibility of future review- What a mess!

While I agree that focusing on sports with less revenue could solve some issues, it would probably just create new ones. First of all, at many of the larger schools, college swimming is funded by the revenue generating teams. This means that a shift from the revenue sports would ultimately take money away from the other sports as well, dooming them. Also, swimming has plenty of its own issues related to sponsoring amateur athletes and letting them profit off of non-university related events like The Olympics.

On November 30, 2015, Brian commented on #Twitter: A story of #failure :

Very thought provoking article. It definitely looked like it came from the heart, but at times it was a little tough to follow since it followed your stream of consciousness…Definitely agree with the deficiencies in terms of product innovation. Do you think the current Twitter users are happy? Users have stayed flat so I wonder if too much change could actually further cripple them by alienating their current users, in addition to their failure to bring in new users.

On November 30, 2015, Brian commented on New Belgium: Brewing Success :

Great analysis! It really brings to life the value that New Belgium is gaining from empowering the employees. I wonder if New Belgium is at risk as it continues its rapid growth. Could that shift its perception from craft brewer to national brewer? What would this growth do for the existing consumer base?

On November 29, 2015, Brian commented on Planet Fitness: Fitness for Everyone :

Awesome analysis! I had never considered the added costs of things like towels and trainers that you take for granted at gyms. I would have expected customers to be annoyed by not having some of those features, but clearly there is a huge market for low cost gyms. What do you think is stopping more competitors from entering the industry? It doesn’t seem like there is much of a barrier to entry since it is just a lot of cost cutting.