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The theme for today is business strikes back and today's most angry business I -- I believe they quiet trust me.
Today's most angry business owner is that they owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Dan -- -- was ready blasting LeBron James the leading his team and the way he did now here's what he had to say I'm quoting now.
This was announced with a several day nonsense cystic self promotional buildup culminating with a national TV special of his that decision.
Unlike anything about witnessed in the history of sports of probably of the history of entertainment.
There's such shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown chosen one sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want -- children alone.
Who we would want them to grow up to become theories only Balkans from the willow -- You don't like that -- -- -- well.
I think it says a lot about where we are right now interest in sports in the expectations that we have -- athletes this it's strictly focused on their jump shot.
And not focus on business and in this case there's a great book it's called forty million -- slaves and it's by William Rhoden in talks about.
How athletes is particularly African American athletes have garnered a lot of wealth but not a lot of -- made a lot of progress and not.
Had a lot of freedom in the process and the bronze gains by making the decision that was about his own financial self interest in doing what's best for him and his family.
Did what was right.
And he's getting lambasted basically for you did you know on this controversial -- this -- for leaving the -- do you think that that's basically what this is about and you think about letter was out of line.
I think the letter without a -- any business deal.
That doesn't work out.
-- -- The owner of the team should not comment on that publicly you know open -- I know I do believe it -- your analysis of the letter do you think that this will generate such animosity or was intended to generate animosity amongst this former.
Fans and supporters in Cleveland that I might actually be dangerous for him to return to play there I think it's dangerous for him to return to play there I think it's going to tarnish his image because the public.
-- -- think of athletes as strictly as entertainment but LeBron James said many times that he's focusing on being 80% business and 80%.
And -- don't forget about -- -- I don't think it's doing what what.
This business decision and it's not nasty letter because I didn't make this -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I -- -- -- I think.
At least -- some more information about the basis all of -- bad business decision.
Right thing it was a hidden deal would LeBron James and ESPN.
Well no it wasn't -- hidden deal what happened was LeBron James and his team -- in my marketing sold the ads for that special last night.
And basically they controlled the message by going into partnership basically with EFB and seeing we're gonna do this but we're gonna do it on our own terms.
They have a goal to go into the film and TV business they had a movie last year more than a game he's shooting a movie right now.
He has the company Spring Hill productions and this is a part.
Of that vision LeBron James is thinking beyond just being an athlete -- said he wanted to be 80% basketball and 20% please let me -- -- at the end of his career he's -- -- be -- -- be -- than 80% -- -- I I know you come from with the plantation thing and it's sort of harks back to you know I remember when Mike Tyson left bill -- who can point 5% for one nothing but.
What about the way LeBron handled this I mean you know that the special and of itself speaking about himself in third person.
It seems really over the top and then also.
You know the people in Cleveland could we have done -- in Cleveland and told them and that in -- better manner in other words don't you think he's made some mistakes to the way he handled this whole thing yes it was over the.
It was unprecedented and I think that the problem is the public isn't ready for something.
That this has tarnished his image to the point where it'll -- his his endorsement I think if anybody -- tee shot right what's gonna tarnish his image as if he doesn't mean that these guys better weighing -- -- manufactured -- -- Which change teams all the time.
I -- did this happen -- when he went from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees.
Can you think of the condemnation of an athlete the likes of which we heard last night I can't and you know if anything the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers should understand that this is a business.
And rarely aren't -- with the interests of the players and owners -- everything they like LeBron has to do what's best for LeBron just like Dan Gilbert.
100 sell it and then it's gonna do that.
That didn't have to change our expectation this is a financial program and you brought up the -- final -- well Lee -- Wall Street Journal -- -- -- -- percent --
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