Oakland Raiders NFL Stadium Project: Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Enters Picture

Oakland Raiders NFL Stadium Project: Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Enters Picture

Oakland’s quest to retain the Raiders took series of giant steps last week. First, according to a regular source, the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda sent off the latest version of the Lott / Fortress Oakland Raiders NFL Stadium Plan to the National Football League. Details of the documents were not shared with this vlogger.

The second item of news was first reported in this space, and recenly confirmed in a public setting by NFL Hall Of Fame Defensive Back and Stadium Developer Ronnie Lott. Talking about the staidum plan, Lott told a group that Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross was approached and is “involved” in the proposal. Just what the nature of that involvement is at this point, is not known – except that Mr. Ross talked to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

But, that another NFL Owner is involved with the plans for a stadium for an NFL Owner is, in itself, huge news. And, considering that Mr. Ross’ The Related Companies owns the 22 acre Lion Creek Crossings, right across the Coliseum BART Station from the Oakland Coliseum Complex, it just makes good business sense. It also not only massively boosts Oakland’s effort to retain the Raiders, but could point to the creation of a true state of the art stadium complex.

The other question is has Mr. Ross talked to Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis?

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Justin Timberlake Oscars Opening Performance – Can’t Stop That Feeling

Justin Timberlake at the Oscars 2017 performance of ‘Cant Stop That Feeling’ from the movie Tolls. Watch the love he gets from Jessica Biel.

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Mahershala Ali “Moonlight,” Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2017 – Full Backstage Interview

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Viola Davis Oscars Acceptance Speech for ‘Fences’ | Oscars 2017

Viola Davis gives #Oscars acceptance speech after winning Best Supporting Acress: “I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” http://abcn.ws/2mtILYt

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Oscars Poor Ratings Problem Can Be Solved, Here’s How

2017 Oscars Ratings 2nd Worst In History; Movie Star Host, More Best Picture Choices The Solution

The 2017 89th Annual Academy Awards, aka The Oscars, posted the second worst television ratings in history. This is a problem, and is something that can’t be attributed to cutting the cable cord – the TV ratings reflect the total share of a viewing population a broadcast captures; for the 89th Oscars to bring in just over 32 million viewers was a massive disappointment.

What’s the problem?

Some will point to the fact that many people simply were not familiar with Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the long-running, late-night show on ABC. There’s some truth to that, as Oscars hosts are normally movie-star-level comedians; Kimmel is neither movie-star level, nor a comedian. This is not to take away from his outstanding performance, but the fact remains that Kimmel benefitted from the Oscars far more than the Oscars benefitted from him.

The other problem is a number of movies were not of the tent-pole variety – in one poll, six of 10 people could not name a single best picture nominee for 2017. This year, there were nine choices. Obviously by the ratings results, that was not enough.

To end this ratings slide and bring the Oscars back to its ratings glory, I propose a new, unprecedented format: 11 Best Picture nominees. That’s right: 11.

The reason for this goes back to 2010: that year, there were 10 Best Picture nominees, including the path-breaking blockbuster Avatar. The 2010 Oscars drew the second-highest ratings in Academy Awards history, and that’s directly due to the number of movies AMPAS had to chose from.

While some will say that 2005 had just five Best Picture nominees, it was a different time, when our media consumption habits were directed more by what movie played in a traditional theater; it’s vastly different today. There are more movies competing for our attention and released on platforms that were not known in 2005, especially video-on-demand. Movies tend to play shorter periods in the theater before they’re out on DVD, or online, ot both.

The Oscars must cast a wider net in the 21st Century to draw viewers who want to see their favorite movies have a chance at the big prize. In the process, films that normally would have been ignored, gain an even larger audience for their talented casts.

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