The American Sports Stadium – Temple of Commerce or Community?

March 20, 2018

The world needs more writers like Rafi Kohan – explorers who, out of sheer passionate curiosity, set aside all else and plunge themselves into some mysterious realm armed only with pen, notebook, and an open mind.  Recently, Rafi became intrigued with the American sports stadium phenomenon.  He set aside that year to make ardent pilgrimage to scores of the stadia.  From Green Bay’s Lambeau Field and Houston’s Astrodome to Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz arena and the sports’ homes in the Big Apple.  Rafi tunneled into every facet, unearthing the secrets of scalpers, vendors, half-time showmen, and of course the amazing variety of fanatics.

Rafi’s resulting book is appropriately titled Arena – the Latin word for sand, which covered the floor of the Roman empires’ gladiatorial circuses.  (Sand is an excellent material for soaking up blood.)

At today’s monthly breakfast meeting of the Association for Corporate Growth, (, Rafi Kohan enthralled us all with an insightful talk about his discoveries into the depths of America’s stadia.  (Did you know that stadium grass is grown on top of plastic sheets to achieve the necessary durability and consistency?)

During his talk, it became evident that Rafi was presenting the American sports stadium as both a temple of commerce and a temple of community. Chatting with him afterwards, I asked if he felt the weight of the proliferating commerce would crush the fans’ sense of community.  His answer was cogent and marvelously hopeful.  In essence, Rafi Kohan feels that while the commercial pressuring does lay a heavy mantle on those seeking the haven of the stadium sports experience, fans are necessary, resilient and their desires cannot be ignored.

To learn more about what treasures lurk in the tunnels of America’s sports stadia, you may buy a copy of Rafi’s entertaining book,  Arena, and also keep your eye on The Art of the CEO radio show’s upcoming episode list ( – where Rafi will be sharing his amazing experiences soon.

Wishing you every success,

          – Bart Jackson

Summer Fun for the Young – And Young at Heart by Bart Jackson

Feb. 23rd – Summer Fun for the Young – And Young at Heart by Bart Jackson

Those who have gazed wistfully at the slender hull of a rowing shell slicing across the lake, and admired that precise human unison that strokes it smoothly along: your time has come. The Princeton National Rowing Association is offering you a sliding seat at the shell — eight or four person — and the opportunity to be one of those athletes stroking across Mercer Lake in concert with your comrades. And it is not just for the youngsters any more.   Read the full article:

Making 2018 Much Better with my New Year’s Resolutions

Enliven your Self – your Career – and your Business (& have more fun.)

Yes, you are already a marvelous person.  And with that wisdom you carry comes the knowledge that within your grasp is the power to make your self – your career – and your business even better.   Thus, in the spirit of growth and carving out new opportunities, host Bart Jackson offers his 2018 New Years Resolutions list guaranteed to launch you into the coming year in a greater state of readiness.  Tune in and take to heart some simple attitudes and disciplines that will bring you a lot more fun and make “Luck” find its way more frequently to your doorstep.