The FTC case goes to trial early this fall. The result of the litigation could not be more important for consumers. If the FTC prevails, we may see lower priced microprocessors leading to lower cost and faster computers.
There is a more subtle implication of a larger field that may have a much larger long-term impact than the temporary backlash from fans and pundits. A 96-team tournament means more games, which means more missed classes for the players.
While many have waited a lifetime to hear government officials address the lack of competition in agriculture and enforce antitrust laws, one question remains: How fast will the wheels of justice turn?
A new scheme -- would require Internet users to pay for cable TV if they want to watch popular shows online -- appears to be the product of collusion between major programmers and the big cable, satellite, and phone companies.
The approach of looking to the roles, activities, sponsors, and networks of players--be they organized crime figures, politicians, experts, influencers, or some combination thereof--is today, more than ever, imperative.