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Art Clarkson Leaves the Birmingham Bulls

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PELHAM, Ala. — Art Clarkson, one of the most legendary sports promoters in the history of the State of Alabama, will be leaving the managing partner position of the Birmingham Bulls.
 
Clarkson, 77, cemented his sports legacy in the region long before reviving the Bulls hockey club at the Pelham Civic Complex for the 2017-18 season.

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Trying to wrap my head around what this means.  Art Clarkson is/was the owner of the Bulls.  Do the Bulls have a new owner?  Any thoughts?

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“He is truly the PT Barnum of minor league sports, and we hope to see him in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame very soon,” Stroud said. 

I don't know if I would have compared Mr Clarkson to P.T. Barnum- from @JMC-STL's favorite source (Wikipedia):

Phineas Taylor Barnum (/ˈbɑːrnəm/; July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, politician, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus (1871–2017).[1] He was also an author, publisher, and philanthropist, though he said of himself: "I am a showman by profession… and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me".[2] According to his critics, his personal aim was "to put money in his own coffers."[2] He is widely credited with coining the adage "There's a sucker born every minute",[3] although no proof can be found of him saying this......

In 1842, Barnum introduced his first major hoax: a creature with the head of a monkey and the tail of a fish known as the "Feejee" mermaid. He leased it from fellow museum owner Moses Kimball of Boston who became his friend, confidant, and collaborator.[10][11] Barnum justified his hoaxes by saying that they were advertisements to draw attention to the museum. "I don't believe in duping the public," he claimed, "but I believe in first attracting and then pleasing them......"[12]

Barnum became known as the "Shakespeare of Advertising" due to his innovative and impressive ideas......[26]

Barnum was often referred to as the "Prince of Humbugs", and he saw nothing wrong in entertainers or vendors using hoaxes (or "humbug", as he termed it) in promotional material, as long as the public was getting value for money.....

On the good side, however, "he was contemptuous of those who made money through fraud,...." and "At his death, critics praised Barnum for good works and called him an icon of American spirit and ingenuity."

Mr Clarkson is certainly an ingenious marketer and entrepreneur, and kudos to him for promoting minor league sports as he has done over the years.

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It's purportedly intelligent people like you, Perfesser, who have extended the mythical certitude of Wiki-perfunctory.  But one day the site will go dark and the news will come out that it's all been written by the dolphins from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  You & your kind will then be found responsible for killing them all by making them lazy swimmers.  I hope you're happy.

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12 hours ago, JMC-STL said:

It's purportedly intelligent people like you, Perfesser, who have extended the mythical certitude of Wiki-perfunctory.  But one day the site will go dark and the news will come out that it's all been written by the dolphins from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  You & your kind will then be found responsible for killing them all by making them lazy swimmers.  I hope you're happy.

Well, gee, Wikipedia was co-founded by a dude who went to both Auburn AND Alabama-

Jimmy Donal "Jimbo"[2] Wales ... earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from Auburn University and the University of Alabama respectively.[9]

and a dude who went to Ohio State-

 Lawrence Mark Sanger ... received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Reed College in 1991 and a Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy from Ohio State University in 2000.[7] Most of his philosophical work has focused on epistemology, the theory of knowledge.[6] 

Plus, there are multitudes of citations with almost every entry, and it's on the Internet, so it's GOT to be true!!!

Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism. Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity. The fundamental principles by which Wikipedia operates are the five pillars. The Wikipedia community has developed many policies and guidelines to improve the encyclopedia; however, it is not a formal requirement to be familiar with them before contributing.

Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference websites, attracting 374 million unique visitors monthly as of September 2015.[1] There are about 72,000 active contributors working on more than 48,000,000 articles in 302 languages. As of today, there are 5,870,501 articles in English. Every day, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world collectively make tens of thousands of edits and create thousands of new articles to augment the knowledge held by the Wikipedia encyclopedia. (See the statistics page for more information.) People of all ages, cultures and backgrounds can add or edit article prose, references, images and other media here. What is contributed is more important than the expertise or qualifications of the contributor. What will remain depends upon whether the content is free of copyright restrictions and contentious material about living people, and whether it fits within Wikipedia's policies, including being verifiable against a published reliable source, thereby excluding editors' opinions and beliefs and unreviewed research. Contributions cannot damage Wikipedia because the software allows easy reversal of mistakes and many experienced editors are watching to help ensure that edits are cumulative improvements.

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11 hours ago, fred said:

My guess is that he is not the "Managing Partner" anymore.

Art Clarkson Leaves the Birmingham Bulls

Agreed. But with the attached title to the article it gives the appearance he no longer has an ownership interest in the team.  Unfortunately, it is one of those stories that all the fans of the league will get is crickets.  Is Birmingham folding?

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23 hours ago, PlannedObsolescence said:

Apparently not, at least for the upcoming season- see thread started by @MacGuy

Bulls hosting Free Agent Camp July 12-14

Maybe they're just stocking up their roster, before they change the team's name to "Toros" and move to Toronto.  Full circle moment.  :dontgetit:

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