Archive for December, 2010

All about the discipline

December 21, 2010

In my 30-plus years in our business, we’ve occasionally seen issues with people who aren’t team players.  In business and in football, success can come down to two things – people that are all on the same page and a leader that’s willing to stand firm. Just like in real estate, when we’re pitching teamwork, we have to make sure that at the end of the day, we have enough of the right people making sure we do the right things. If we don’t, sometimes the coach has to step in. 

Most guys are going to do the right thing, but you can have issues with the 10 % who don’t have good self-discipline.  And the coach needs to deal with those.  Back in Coach Landry’s day, if you were late for a meeting, even if you had a wreck on Central Expressway, you were fined, bottom line. 

Jason Garrett is bringing back the discipline the Cowboys need to be a good team again. It’s obvious that the discipline is translating to results on the field and that’s what’s happening with the Cowboys now.  Kitna has stepped in and has done a nice job, and I can say I’m still a big Tony Romo fan.  It looks like all the momentum is there for next year when Tony comes back.

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Heisman talk

December 17, 2010

I voted again for the Heisman this year.  I got to pick the number 1, 2 and 3.  It was definitely up for grabs, but Cam Newton of Auburn was this year’s winner.  I think he’s a great athlete and good kid. 

However, my number one choice was actually Andrew Luck out of Stanford.  This coming season, I think he will be the first quarterback drafted and the number one draft pick.  He is a high draft choice and more of an NFL type.  He’s likely to be the next Troy Aikman.

Giving back this holiday season

December 11, 2010

Today we had the pleasure of hosting lunch for over 200 members of our Armed Forces with the USO out at DFW Airport as they prepared to depart to the Middle East.  Many of the soldiers were travelling with colleagues they didn’t know, so we wanted to make the transition at the airport as easy as possible.  We kept hearing “thank yous” from them, but it was the Jones Lang LaSalle crew that is truly thankful for their service. 

Private First Class Parker was sitting with this family earlier this week in Mississippi celebrating the holiday, and next week he’ll be patrolling the streets near Kandahar in an armored vehicle subject to IED blasts each day.  While we enjoy the holidays with our families, it’s important not to forget soldiers such as Private First Class Parker’s service, sacrifice, and commitment.  I hope Santa will be making a stop in Kandahar this year.

Another major NFL matchup to take place this month

December 3, 2010
Notes from our researcher, Steve Triolet

Double check the schedule all you want, no matter which team is the hottest at the moment, arguably the most important matchup is scheduled to take place in Dallas in mid-December.  That’s win the NFL and the player’s association (NFLPA) will meet to discuss their collective bargaining agreement which will expire in March 2011.  If an agreement is not reached, there is the potential for a lockout next year.

Nobody wants a lockout, but the general consensus in the sports world is that the owners are better prepared for one than the players are (the owners would still receive revenue from television contracts and merchandise sales, while the players don’t have this luxury, and they have limited years to play the game).

The current point of contention between the owners and NFLPA is expanding the regular season to an 18-game schedule (the two extra games would shorten the current pre-season schedule of 4 games to 2).  The union is concerned that the longer season could result in more injuries to players and could potentially shorten their careers.  In November, the NFLPA offered a counter proposal for two bye weeks for each team, to expand each term roster from 53 players to 56 or 57 players, to limit the amount of full contact in training camp, to reduce voluntary off-season workouts, and to reduce the number of years players need to play in the league to become eligible for post-career health benefits.

Outside of this, money is at play.  The owners want the longer season to increase stadium attendance revenue and television viewership revenue, and the players are demanding increased salaries to be prorated for the additional games.

My predictions are that both sides will agree to an 18-game schedule with the two bye weeks, but that the proposal to expand the team roster to 56 or 57 players will be rejected (owners don’t want to pay more players than they already do).  The owners look like they’ll agree to one additional roster spot.   I’m not too sure about training camp and offseason workouts.  Only the players really care one way or another about that issue as it doesn’t directly impact revenue and the average fan doesn’t care how the players prepare for the season – as long as they perform well on the field.

This whole process is sure to take a couple of turns before it’s resolved, and we’ll touch on it again as it progresses.  The possible lockout has potentially very large implications – one could argue that the Dallas Stars are still feeling the impact of the NHL lockout of 2004 – 05.