WBEZ | Justin Kaufmann http://www.wbez.org/tags/justin-kaufmann Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Millions of American men consumed by fantasy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/millions-american-men-consumed-fantasy-101573 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fantasy%20draft%20twitter.jpg" title="(Flickr/Brandi Korte)" /></div><p>Fathers, husbands, brothers and countrymen are lost to it each year. Tens of millions of men are consumed by it: Side effects often include selective hearing, lazy eyes, sleeplessness, mood swings and elevated blood pressure. It&rsquo;s been known to both ignite wars and rekindle relationships. It&rsquo;s fantasy football (and baseball if you&rsquo;re into that sort of thing).</p><p>The <a href="http://www.fsta.org" target="_blank">Fantasy Sports Trade Association</a>&mdash;yes, there&rsquo;s a trade association&mdash;estimates that some 34 million Americans manage a fantasy franchise. The fantasy sport industry is a multibillion-dollar phenomenon that is altering the culture, consumption and economy of sports. Much has been made of Twitter&#39;s explosion of users but <a href="http://www.tcf.ua.edu/faculty/andy-billings/" target="_blank">Andrew Billings</a>, a sports media expert and the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting at the University of Alabama, says media minds should pay more attention to the fantasy world. Recent <a href="http://stateofthemedia.org/2012/overview-4/major-trends/" target="_blank">Pew Research Center</a> estimates put Twitter 10 million users behind fantasy sports.</p><p>But some media companies are paying very close attention. In NBA-like fashion, fantasy sport has a Big 3 of its own: ESPN, Yahoo and CBS Sports. ESPN <a href="http://mediakit.espn.go.com/downloads/pdf/TheNFLonESPN.PDF" target="_blank">knows</a> fantasy players are very good customers: On average, fantasy viewers spend 22 hours each week with ESPN media&mdash;that&rsquo;s three times more than the average Joe. That&rsquo;s almost an entire day, each week, spent devouring ESPN! So imagine how you might feel if you spent all of <em>your</em> days with one such fan.</p><p>Fed up with the inordinate amount of time her husband of more than 10 years spent reviewing player statistics, drafting teams, managing lineups, making trades, and trash-talking with fellow fantasy league participants, <a href="http://failuremag.com/feature/article/women_against_fantasy_sports/#ixzz22stTEXmI" target="_blank">Allison Lodish</a> formed an online support group. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-Against-Fantasy-Sports/34317014498" target="_blank">Women Against Fantasy Sports</a> was a forum for fantasy sports widows a hit with dispossessed wives and girlfriends. While now defunct, the site once boasted a few thousand registered members.</p><p>Perhaps some of the site&rsquo;s former members are now team owners. Billings says that while women only represent around 10 percent of fantasy users (estimates vary between 10 and 20 percent), they are the fastest growing section of the population. According to a <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/how-women-dominate-fun-playing-fantasy-11511970.html?cat=7" target="_blank">recent Yahoo article</a>, female participation among women 12 to 17 and 55 to 64 is biggest&mdash;topping 45 percent in each group.</p><p>I myself am reluctant to rejoin the ranks of fantasy owners. I was excommunicated from a league in college after benching my number one overall pick, Alex Rodriguez, for the entire season amidst juicing allegations. After secretly convening a meeting with the league&#39;s other owners, the commissioner issued the death penalty to my team (its name must remain anonymous because it is both inappropriate and innocent of all charges). I stand by my decision and sleep soundly that my record remains asterisk free.</p><p>The bottom line is that most of us will never play a professional sport. And, Billings says, most of us don&rsquo;t look at LeBron James and think, &ldquo;I could do a better job than this guy.&rdquo; But ask your average fan if they could run a team better than a given general manager and many would consider themselves a qualified candidate.</p><p>So before fantasy football begins--and Bears fans start sending in their resume&rsquo;s for Phil Emery&rsquo;s new gig as GM--<em>Afternoon Shift</em> takes a look at the history, evolution and impact of fantasy sports. Jason Marck, devoted, fantasy-free fan, is joined by Billings and a slew of other sports fans: <a href="http://www.adamkurland.com/" target="_blank">Adam Kurland</a>, director of ESPN&rsquo;s <em>30 for 30</em> film <em>Silly Little Games</em>; fascist fantasy overlord and executive producer of WBEZ&rsquo;s Middays, Justin Kaufmann; and <a href="http://www.marcedelman.com/" target="_blank">Marc Edelman</a>, aka the <a href="http://www.sportsjudge.com/" target="_blank">Sports Judge</a>. Edelman&rsquo;s primary occupation is professor at Barry University Law School and a legal consultant to the fantasy sports industry&mdash;but he&rsquo;s also spent the last several years settling fantasy disputes for feuding owners.</p></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/millions-american-men-consumed-fantasy-101573 Bulls' 'Bench Mob' stepping up early http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/bulls-bench-mob-stepping-early-95849 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/Michael Conroy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wednesday night's game was a tough loss for the <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Chicago Bulls</a>. The<a href="http://www.nba.com/pacers/index_main.html" target="_blank"> Indiana Pacers</a> broke Chicago's home winning streak with the 95-90 loss. Despite the final score, the Bulls once again received help from the "Bench Mob." That is the crew of standbys that have been doing less of that lately. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout joined the show to help dissect the game.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/bulls-bench-mob-stepping-early-95849 Community reacts to Blagojevich's 14-year jail sentence http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/community-reacts-blagojevichs-14-year-jail-sentence-94719 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/Blago Nam Y Huh AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rod Blagojevich received his sentence Wednesday: 14 years for 18 counts of corruption. The ex-Illinois governor was first arrested nearly three years ago on Dec. 9, 2008. He was ordered to report to prison next February. Blagojevich made a plea for mercy and argued that a lengthy sentence would compromise his family. Judge James Zagel expressed that family ties did not amount to a get out of jail free card and said that Blagojevich "does not stand convicted of being a bad father." And the federal judge had a message for everyone else too: "American voters," he said, "usually get precisely the government they deserve.”</p><p>So <span style="font-style: italic;">Eight Forty-Eight<em> </em></span>gathered reactions from politicians, political watchers and everyday people to hear their thoughts on the latest turn in the lengthy saga of Rod Blagojevich. The show heard comments from: Gov. Pat Quinn, Chris Mooney, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Chapin Rose, Lemont Claybrooks, Dash Jerome, Dan Ferretti, Bonnie Turbeville, Brian Gladstein, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Seine Riley, WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. And of course, Rod Blagojevich himself.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> then opened up the phone lines to hear what listeners thought: Did Rod Blagojevich get what he deserved? Did the citizens of Illinois? Or is this sentence too extreme in a state best known for political corruption? Listeners shared their comments by phone, e-mail and tweet. And WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann moderated a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-12-08/live-chat-panel-debriefs-blagojevich-trial-takes-questionscomments-9" target="_blank">live chat</a>.</p><p>We’ll take your calls all hour.&nbsp; The number is 312-932-9239. You can email your comments to 848 at wbez dot org. Or tweet us - we’re AT 848.</p><p>A handful of guests joined the conversation: WBEZ reporters Robert Wildeboer and Sam Hudzik, both were at the Dirksen Federal Building for the sentencing hearings. Wildeboer is WBEZ’s legal and criminal affairs reporter and Hudzik is WBEZ’s political reporter.</p><p>And to help unpack the legalese of the Blagojevich sentence, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two local experts. Alison Siegler is an associate clinical professor and the director of the<a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clinics/mandel/fcjp" target="_blank"> Federal Criminal Justice Clinic </a>at the University of Chicago Law School. She testified before the United States Sentencing Commission to help establish sentencing guidelines and practices for the federal courts. Steven Miller is former Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago -- where he led the political corruption program for a number of years. Miller joins us by phone.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Power Surge", from the album Strings &amp; Things, (Ubiquity)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/community-reacts-blagojevichs-14-year-jail-sentence-94719 Ald. Ed Bus discusses his ideas for new city revenue--mustaches, beware http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-29/ald-ed-bus-discusses-his-ideas-new-city-revenue-mustaches-beware-92590 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-29/Ed Bus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In an effort dig Chicago out of its massive budget deficit, the city’s<a href="http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/" target="_blank"> Inspector General, Joseph Ferguson,</a> released a series of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-27/inspector-general-ferguson-proposes-taxes-and-tolls-balance-city-budget-" target="_blank">suggestions</a>. Some ideas aimed to cut costs, others would raise revenues; they could be called everything from thought provoking&nbsp; to politically impossible. The same was said of <a href="http://53rdward.com/" target="_blank">Ald. Ed Bus</a>. The 53rd Ward alderman has been a fixture at the council for years. He represents a very, very, very small ward on the Northwest Side of Chicago--that little triangle of land at Fullerton, Elston and Damen. Bus unsuccessfully ran for mayor on the platform "Keep it Like it Was," and was miffed that no one consulted him on how to boost revenue. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk more about the suggestions floating around City Hall.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-29/alderman-ed-bus-53rd-releases-his-own-proposal-new-city-revenue-hint" target="_blank">Read an in-depth summary</a> of Ald. Ed Bus's ideas on WBEZ's news blog.</p><p>At WBEZ, Ed Bus is also known as <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann" target="_blank">Justin Kaufmann</a>, a senior content developer who blogs about the news.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-29/ald-ed-bus-discusses-his-ideas-new-city-revenue-mustaches-beware-92590 Month in Review: June's big stories and headlines that slipped by http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-30/month-review-junes-big-stories-and-headlines-slipped-88552 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/Blagojevich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The end of June not only signaled the end of the fiscal year, but also time for <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to review the stories that hit the headlines over the past month. The Blagojevich verdict, no surprise, trumped all other news at the end of the month, but there were plenty of other talking points -&nbsp;from plans for more casinos to fights over Planned Parenthood.<br> <br> To sort out all the news that was <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was by <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/natashakorecki" target="_blank">Natasha Korecki</a> of <em>Chicago Sun Times</em>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann" target="_blank">Justin Kaufmann</a> of WBEZ and <a href="http://www.wvon.com/personalities/LennyMcAllister.html" target="_blank">Lenny McAllister</a> of WVON to dissect the stories that hit the news. The panelists began by addressing June's big stories and separating those that were covered too much from those which may have slipped under the radar.</p></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-30/month-review-junes-big-stories-and-headlines-slipped-88552 'The Weekly Guide' with mayoral candidate Alderman Ed Bus (53rd) http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/weekly-guide-mayoral-candidate-and-53rd-ward-alderman-ed-bus-82513 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//edbus-cityhall_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thursday <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> finished its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for Mayor of Chicago. Turns out there's one more left to sit down with--<a target="_blank" href="http://www.53rdward.com/">53rd Ward Alderman Ed Bus</a> is also in the race. His campaign slogan? &quot;Keep it like it was.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The alderman&rsquo;s been on the show before, talking about his duties in the 53rd but it was high time to meet the man outside the confines of his office. Friday, Alderman Bus joined host Alison&nbsp;Cuddy to share what lights his personal fires in the latest installment of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>.<br /><br />Alderman Ed Bus is sometimes known as <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann">Justin Kaufmann</a> &ndash; WBEZ&rsquo;s senior content developer.<br /><br />Catch Kaufmann and his sketch comedy troupe <a target="_blank" href="http://www.schadenfreude.net/">Schadenfreude</a> at the Alderman Ed Bus Victory Party Friday and Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gallerycabaret.com/">Gallery Cabaret</a>.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>53rd Ward Alderman Ed Bus's Picks:</strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Friday:</strong></p><p><strong>Piano Bars in Chicago</strong><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://redheadpianobar.com/">Redhead Piano Bar</a><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.howlatthemoon.com/locations/location-chicago ">Howl at the Moon</a><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Saturday:</strong><br /><br />At 8 p.m.: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bluechipcasino.com/whats-new/events/creedence-clearwater-revisited ">Credence Clearwater Revisited at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana</a></p><p>At 9 p.m.: <br /><a target="_blank" href="http://chicagopolkaholics.com/pshows.htm ">Polkaholics at Atlantic Bar and Grill</a><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagobrauhaus.com/">Dinner and drinks at Chicago Brauhaus</a><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sunday:</strong></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/snackville-junction-evergreen-park ">Lunch at Snackville Junction</a><br /><br /><em>Music Button performed live by The Opus: &quot;Street Talk&quot; (unreleased)</em></p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-18/weekly-guide-mayoral-candidate-and-53rd-ward-alderman-ed-bus-82513 Video: Election night at WBEZ http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/video-election-night-wbez <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2010-November/2010-11-05/electionnight.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-05/electionnight.jpg" style="width: 486px; height: 273px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: left;">On Tuesday night, WBEZ and wbez.org went wall-to-wall with coverage of the 2010 mid-term elections. Our web traffic was through the roof (highest ever) and our on-air programming was outstanding.</p><p>You want to see what it looked like in a snappy video produced and edited by Samuel Vega? It's worth it to watch Steve Edwards coughing, Tony Sarabia scrambling and Jason Marck undressing.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/16516044?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=c9000a" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 14:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/video-election-night-wbez