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Mon Feb 24, 2020, 06:44 PM

Trump and the fall of the USFL

NYT best sell author Jeff Pearlman interviews about Trump, the USFL, and the prescient parallel approach to politics today.

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Reply Trump and the fall of the USFL (Original post)
Jersey in OKC Feb 2020 OP
kimbutgar Feb 2020 #1
Jersey in OKC Feb 2020 #2
maxrandb Feb 2020 #7
musette_sf Feb 2020 #3
Dread Pirate Roberts Feb 2020 #4
Marcuse Feb 2020 #5
Jersey in OKC Feb 2020 #6
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2020 #8

Response to Jersey in OKC (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 06:49 PM

1. He ruined the USFL like he did his casinos, real estate holdings and now sadly our country

I knew way back in 2015 he was a disaster in the making. Anyone with half a brain could see he was a bad businessman but Fox, Right Wing media and Russia was able to propagandize enough people to steal the election.

He is a bad bad man who is evil. We might have had a better response to the cornavirus if he haven’t decimated the health agencies. I put some of the blame on him for another disaster he screwed up.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 06:55 PM

2. True

Mr. Pearlman correctly wrote about how Trump conned others into thinking his way was the correct way. Hubris and greed.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 07:43 AM

7. He's not just a bad and evil asspickle

he has torn the mask off the fraud that is America.

Like Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, he didn't create the evil and dispicable...he exposed what has always been there.

For my entire life, I've been told about the inherent goodness and fairness of America.

I've seen terrible examples of racism, hatred, evil and cruelty. In each instance, I was told "that's not the 'real' America". I was told that "the evil you've seen is not America". I've been told "that's just a small minority of bad apples, but they are not what our country stands for".

Donnie Shit for Brains proves that what I've been told is all bullshit.

It won't be long until murder of political opponents will be mainstream.

All this fuckstick has done is show America as it truly is.

It's not a pretty picture.

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Response to Jersey in OKC (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 07:13 PM

3. I did temp work for Dave Dixon long ago

and I typed a bunch of letters to potential USFL team owners. One of them being You Know Who.

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Response to Jersey in OKC (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 07:15 PM

4. His ace lawyer Roy Cohen did get him (actually the entire USFL) $1

It was treble damages so the total verdict was $3.00 , tag on pre-trial interest and it came out to $3.57. That's the kind of financial genius that is making America Great Again!

If you ever get the chance watch the ESPN 30 for 30 Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL. You just watch it and say what a horse's ass Trump is.

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Response to Jersey in OKC (Original post)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 07:29 PM

5. Remember the old debate about whether character matters?

In 1981, Trump tried to buy the Baltimore Colts, an NFL franchise. He backed a group that offered owner Robert Irsay $50 million for the team; the offer was rejected. Trump denied making the offer, but Irsay confirmed publicly that he turned the offer down.

In 1983, Trump instead settled for buying a USFL team, the New Jersey Generals. As Pearlman reports in one of the most fascinating insider anecdotes of his book, after committing to buy the USFL team Trump arranged a private meeting with then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. He made clear to Rozelle that the USFL did not matter to him and that what he really wanted was an NFL team. According to a colleague of the USFL marketing man who was in the room for the meeting, Rozelle told Trump at the end of the meeting, “As long as I or my heirs are involved in the NFL, you will never be a franchise owner in the league.”

It was then that Trump approached the other USFL owners and said that the USFL, a league that played its games in the spring, needed to move to fall and get a big TV deal to challenge the NFL. He convinced USFL owners to sue the NFL for $567 million over its monopoly of fall television rights. The 1986 trial, USFL vs. NFL, lasted 48 days.

Pearlman calls it “the craziest lawsuit of all time.” As he describes the trial to Yahoo Finance, “Donald Trump is the star witness for the USFL. And he’s the worst witness in the history of mankind. And what the NFL did is they made him the enemy.” Pearlman even interviewed one of the jurors from the trial, who recalls Trump “staring her down” during his testimony.

[link:https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trumps-crusade-nfl-usfl-history-repeating-165618037.html|

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 12:57 AM

6. Ha, yeah.

I suppose enough of the old guard died off, that the present NFL cowed to him with regard to Kapernick[sp.], and the BS flag narrative he made.

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 07:57 AM

8. It's hard to think of someone fucking up the Baltimore Colts any worse than Robert Irsay

But Donald Trump would have found a way.

He probably would have given Indy the Orioles, too.

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