There’s another factor afoot here that nobody has yet mentioned. Its well known in marketing that even successful brand sponsorships have a negative ROI after some length of time. Its not that the brand has gone bad but there is no advantage to pouring money into anymore. You see these shakeups in the TDF, for example.
Life is a contact sport. I, like many other people, are tired of playing by The Marquess of Queensberry Rules with people of low moral fiber. If its clean legally at least we’re playing with the Jungle Rules too.
The Register is a blue tribe. So among people with political sensitivities you’ll find exactly what you’d expect. I doubt the animus has become large enough yet for it to be crippling but its certainly headed in that direction. I’m sure the King incident was many Iowan’s first concrete experience with the spawn of the Justine…[Read more]
Clearly Tony knows more about this than any riders posting but he’s hit on calculation that each Team’s decision-maker(s) is going to have to face and its similar to a bureacrat’s dilemma: There is no personal upside to optimization and all the personal downside to screwing the pooch. In this situation rational actors choose the lowest risk…[Read more]
Carl, one issue with your proposal is that the community of experienced ride organizers in Iowa is fairly small and incestuous. To some extent I’m sure TJ and crew rely on the various stalwarts of that community so its a bit unrealistic to think you can make a totally clean break with the past.
I would consider the effect on communities of having to put on two rides each year. It would create some “fatigue” if uncoordinated between the rides. As it is the ride isn’t loved by all Iowans, believe it or not, and halving the time between rides is going to create some extra pushback at the margin. How much would be a WAG.
I ran this whole thing past a friend in Dallas who has wanted to come do the ride for several years. Her reaction was, “when the Register got between Carson King and the Children’s Hospital over tweets they stepped on their dick.” She wasn’t aware of the 1st Quarter Wave and when she watched a CNN piece on it and thought about the controversy…[Read more]
I should have known better than to refer to this scumbag as a "hero." The real young hero here is eagle-eyed Des Moines Register cub reporter Aaron Calvin, who unearthed the tweets, armed with nothing more than enormous amounts of courage and time on his hands.
Oh, and apparently TJ signed off on that. So yes, I can appreciate RAGBRAI and all the effort, experience and talent the Des Moines Register brings to this and still wonder what in the heck they were thinking when they put the DNR in charge of a stop listed on the map.
Bad brand control. I don’t see why this would be controversial or insulting.…[Read more]