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#WednesdayWisdom: The Future Is a Niche Market, Part III

Looking for a little #WednesdayWisdom? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: The Future Is a Niche Market, Part III. [This article was originally published in 2008.] When I was a kid (not that long ago, sorta), roller derby was in its waning days as mainstream television fare. It never made the networks, but every local station had straight-faced broadcasts of tough, serious men and REALLY tough women skating around the...

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#TBT

#TBT: What’s the Difference Between Roller Derby and the XFL?

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: What’s the Difference Between Roller Derby and the XFL? I’m here to tell you that as a viable form of live entertainment, roller derby is for real. By “viable,” I don’t necessarily mean, to paraphrase Lloyd from Say Anything, that it’s the “sport of the future” -- only that it’s something that may have the ability to sustain itself with a fan base and even grow. But let’s catch you up a little bit. Many...

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Bright Ideas

Freebie Idea for a Hit Show

In the vein of the return of burlesque, single-ring circuses, intense haunted houses and roller derby, I’ve got a concept that the right show producer could turn into a hit. Sure, it’s nostalgic (although none of us actually remembers it), and perhaps somewhat ironic, but in keeping with shows like Teatro Zinzanni or even Shane Scheel’s For the Record shows in L.A. or Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, I can envision it being improved as a form,...

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