Shareholder-Stakeholder Debate in the NFL

Touchdown or interception? The most controversial call of the night ended up being a touchdown for the Seahawks. Notice how the referees are signaling different things…


Hey, everyone.

As I was browsing Bloomberg Businessweek’s website this morning, I found this article that I thought people would find interesting.

I’m sure a lot of you are aware, but this season the NFL used replacement referees for the first three weeks of the season because the usual officials were locked out.  Throughout the beginning of this season, people have expressed their concern regarding the abilities of these replacement refs to control an NFL game.  After a very controversial ending to this week’s Monday Night Football game caused major backlash from players, coaches, and fans (among others), the talks between the referees’ labor association and the League went into overdrive.

The lockout finally ended last night and the normal officials are set to return to the field for tonight’s Browns-Ravens game. The article was updated in light of this new development, and I thought it went along very well with our previous shareholder-stakeholder discussions.


Greed is Good?

I know, cliche to use a movie titled “Wall Street” in a blog post about comparing a film to business ethics. But I couldn’t help but draw the direct ‘shareholder wealth vs stakeholder’ analogy to the 1987 blockbuster hit. The movie portrayed a wall street millionaire/billionaire, corporate-raiding Gordon Gekko, and the journey of a young stock broker named Bud Fox.

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Wall Street and Insider Trading

To me, the obvious choice of media material that screams business ethics is the popular movie, “Wall Street.”  It also happens to fit right in with the discussion we have been having recently about stocks and corporate information with the Enron and Lehman Brothers cases.  Charlie Sheen plays the main character, Bud Fox, in the 1987 film.  Fox is a young stockbroker who finds himself working with Gordon Gekko, a major actor on Wall Street, after yearning to get an in with him for years.  Right off the bat, business ethics is evident, when Fox uses inside information to get Gekko’s attention.

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Modern Heroism Defined

“Every thought, every word, and every action that adds to the positive and the wholesome is a contribution to peace. Each and every one of us is capable of making such a contribution. Let us join hands to try to create a peaceful world where we can sleep in security and wake in happiness” (Aung San Suu Kyi 2012)


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My Sister’s Keeper

When I read the prompt for this week’s blog post, I immediately thought about the books by arguably my favorite author, Jodi Picoult.  While all of her books present some kind of ethical dilemma or quandary in small-town New England, I decided to go with My Sister’s Keeper because the 2009 film adaption starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin make this book more relevant than some of her others.

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Workaholics Mindset

I am sure some of you have probably scene the show on comedy central Workaholics. For those of you who don’t and appreciate really stupid humor I encourage you to watch. The show is about three best friends (Anders, Blake, Adam) that live together and work at a tele marketing company called TelAmeriCorp. The show follows these characters lives either at the office or at their home. Here is a small clip give an idea what Workaholics is all about.


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Two Words: Jack Bauer

While it looks like just about everyone has posted about TV shows so far, I couldn’t resist the chance to talk about the greatness that is 24.

A little bit of background for those of you who’ve never seen the show: each 24-episode season represents a full 24-hour day, so everything appears in real time. During these 24-hour spans, Jack Bauer, an agent with the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles (and apparently later New York, but I never watched that season), is faced with the task of thwarting off major terrorist attacks on the United States. From presidential assassinations to nuclear bombs and deadly viruses, Jack always manages to save the day.

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