The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Baseballtv Bloggers make a difference!  We've got our Extra Innings package back on cable!!!

Three days into the season, when die-hard beisbol fans had given up all hope, Major League Baseball just announced this compromise new deal, -- signing a 7-year contract to allow In-Demand to provide major cable outlets with the fabulous service that lets us watch almost all baseball games across the country. MLB had previously announced that it would do an exclusive deal with DirecTV, which meant that those of us who can't put up dishes were going to be out of luck.

THANK YOU to The New York Times' Richard Sandomir who kept this issue front and center; to Massachusetts Senator (and Red Sox fan) John Kerry, who held hearings on it; to the countless bloggers who relentlessly and vociferously protested the proposed exclusive DirecTV deal, and to Bud Selig, baseball's commissioner, who apparently really did listen to the infuriated fans across the country. And to DirecTV for no-doubt cooperating to make it all happen.

This is a very, very smart decision that will benefit baseball, DirecTV and cable -- and the fans. Thank you to everybody who helped make it happen.

Sandomir report here.

ESPN/AP report here.

April 5, 2007 in Baseball / Yankees | Permalink


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Great news. Now, if the Yankees can just figure out how to beat the lowly Devil Rays!! :-)

Posted by: Rick Georges | Apr 6, 2007 9:57:18 AM

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