New York Yankees Will Reportedly Offer Joe Girardi A Contract On Wednesday
New York City Opera to file for bankruptcy
He could even take a job with Fox Sports, according to Bob Nightengale ofUSA Today. Girardi claims that the opportunity to be in Chicago isn’t actually as appealing to him as it once was (via Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger ): Our home has been here [in New York]. My kids are engrossed in schools here. I havent lived there [in Chicago] since 2006. I have a brother still there, a couple brothers there, actually. But my fathers gone. My mothers gone. So theres not as much there as there used to be. Girardi, 48, has been the Yankees skipper since the beginning of the 2008 season. In his six-year tenure with the Bombers, hehas a record of 564-408 (58.0 winning percentage), one World Series championship (2009) and an average American League East finish of 1.8. That being said, Girardi has been at the helm for each of the past two times the Yankees have missed the postseason (2008 and 2013). He was the National League Manager of the Year with the Florida Marlins in 2006his first year as a managerand there are many around the sport that believe he’s in line for the AL side of the award this year. John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox and Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians also deserve consideration, but their teams faced significantly fewer issues over the season. Greg Fiume/Getty Images This may have been Girardi’s best job at the helm yet. He battled injuries from his best playersDerek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkiliswhile also dealing with injuries from key role players such as Jayson Nix, Travis Hafner, Francisco Cervelli, David Phelps and Ivan Nova.
12 that it needed to raise $7 million by the end of that month. Spokeswoman Risa Heller said about $2 million had been raised, plus another $301,019 was pledged from 2,108 donors in an online campaign. “New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal,” Heller said. “Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company, including initiating the Chapter 11 process.” Junior to and often feistier than the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera was a spawning ground for top opera talent that included Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and Samuel Ramey. But it was derailed by a series of decisions by its board, which included going dark for the 2008-09 season while its auditorium at Lincoln Center was reconstructed; hiring Gerard Mortier as artistic director only to have him back out before starting; and leaving Lincoln Center after the 2010-11 season and playing at various venues throughout the city under general manager George Steel. “City Opera’s demise is the fault of people with a lot of money but no common sense, from Susan Baker’s absurd flirtation with Gerard Mortier to (board chairman) Charles Wall’s foolish support of George Steel when the singers and orchestra unanimously had no confidence in Steel’s artistic vision,” said Alan Gordon, national executive director for the American Guild of Musical Artists that represents the chorus, stage directors and principal singers. New York City Michael Bloomberg declined to intervene. “The business model doesn’t seem to be working,” he told reporters on Monday. The company launched with a performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” at New York City Center on Feb. 21, 1944, moved to Lincoln Center in 1966 and at its peak presented 12 to 16 operas with about 130 performances in a season. But this was to be the third straight season limited to four stagings.
New York City’s tech industry saved it from worst damage of 2008 financial collapse: Bloomberg Philanthropies
Related Stories Wanted: An education reformer The city’s tech industry, with Mayor Bloombergs support, helped prevent the worst damage of the 2008 financial collapse at least according to the mayors own philanthropic foundation. The tech and information industry which includes Internet startups and app developers, as well as old media companies like Time Warner and Viacom was responsible for a third of the jobs created in the city since 2007, according to a new report commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies. After the financial collapse of 2008, it was predicted that New York . . . was going to have a deep recession and a weaker recovery than the national economy, said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist for the Progressive Policy Institute and the author of the report. The big surprise here is it has outperformed the national economy by a significant amount. Social media news aggregator Digg was launched in 2004 and is headquartered in New York City. Private-sector employment declined by 3% nationally between 2007 and 2012, but it increased by 4% in New York City, Mandel said. And the growth of the tech industry in Brooklyn has outpaced the rate in tech hubs such as Austin, Tex.; Seattle; Cambridge, Mass., and Silicon Valley, according to the study, Building a Digital City. RELATED: NYC AIR IS THE CLEANEST AMONG AMERICAN CITIES In addition, the tech sector which employed 262,000 people in 2012, or 8% of the citys workforce comprises well-paying jobs. The $30 billion in wages earned by New York techies constitutes 11% of the citys private-sector income. Chris Hondros/Getty Images Viacom, also headquartered in New York, is the fourth-largest media conglomerate in the world.