InsideTheArts.com has a brand new look; there’s a slick new homepage slider for featured articles, each of the authors has the two most recent articles listed on the homepage and (wait for it) all of the terrific What’s Bothering Jeff? videos are back up. In fact, even though they are hosted on YouTube, iPad and iPhone users can watch <gasp>…
The change is just the latest in the round of updates to most of the Inside The Arts bloggers.
And speaking of new, there was an interesting piece in the New York Times blogs (FivethirtyEight) by Nate Silver that examines whether or not the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) claims of financial distress are justifiable to the level of supporting the current lockout (Hat Tip to ArtsCriticATL.com’s Pierre Ruhe).
Although certainly apples and oranges on a dollar for dollar comparison between the NBA and say the Philadelphia Orchestra, Silver’s analysis and commentary should get you thinking. Don’t glaze over all of the math; some of silver’s thinking, especially the sections dealing the player salaries and what he defines as unusual accounting treatment are intriguing.
At the very least, the one element at play in Silver’s NBA review that is missing from situations like Philadelphia and Detroit, is the presence of an authoritative independent review. In Silver’s case, he references estimates from Forbes.
Wouldn’t it be fascinating if this field had something similar?