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Two on Strategic Negotiation

A Yale law professor has a unique and interesting angle on Alex Rodriguez announcement during the Red Sox World Series clincher: it was a signal that he really does want to remain in New York. Read the argument for yourself.

Sonics owner Clay Bennett has announced his intent to move the team to Oklahoma City. In the high stakes arena subsidy game, both Bennett and the Seattle area appear to have taken things to the limit. Bennett is interviewed here by The Oklahoman. He comes across as very well informed and rational, and perfectly happy with the idea of moving. That may have been his intent all along. In the larger supergame that is being played, I doubt that Seattle fans considered the prospect that MLB and the NFL would tap out local taxpayers, leaving the Sonics ripe for the taking. But that's how I see this scenario playing out. Bennett likely figured that out four years ago.