Monday, April 1, 2024

Business Monday


Some widely varied items today...

Every engineering expert says there is no bridge in the country that would have survived a hit like the one the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore took last week.

Once again, it shows the fragility of the American infrastructure.  The last time I checked, the country is surrounded by water.  Yet, the loss of the port of Baltimore inflicts a major blow to the American economy.  If it's in your home, there is a good chance it came through that port.  That fact simply amazes me.

Shifting gears...

In a major plus for both companies, McDonalds announced it will have Krispy Kreme donuts in all of its stores by the end of 2026.  Recent testing proved to be a major success.  McDonald's will carry only a few varieties, and they will be available all day.  While McDonald's has a great track record of inventing new products, there is nothing like taking something already a hit and bringing it in to your orbit.

Sports gambling is a huge business.  The Dodgers, its star pitcher and his interpreter are currently trying to spin their way out of a betting scandal.  Good luck with that, and get used to it.  There will eventually be something involving gambling that will shake professional and college sports to its core.

And, speaking of "getting used to it,"  the NFL will be selling more exclusive games to streaming services.  Two points of blame.  One is the greed of the NFL.  The other is all the people who bought the Peacock playoff game in January, proving to the league that its fans can be fleeced.