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As a Duke alumnus, it’s weird to be excited about college football; but after last season’s phenomenal 10-2 run here I am hopping on the bandwagon.  Yesterday was media day for ACC football, and one of the topics ACC commissioner John Swofford talked about is showing ACC games nationally on digital.

Given the ACC’s attractive footprint, I can see the potential.  But I can’t help think there’s a huge, missed opportunity: international.

US college sports is classic long tail content.  It’s content meant for a very specific person: the die hard college sports fan — already niche in the US, miniscule outside it — and alumni from the two schools competing in any particular game.  I follow college basketball quite closely but even I don’t really care about Missouri playing Arizon State.  During the regular season it’s Duke first and foremost, and perhaps ACC games second.

Any business model predicated on showing me multiple “Missouri vs. Arizona State” type games for the occasional game I really want to watch are bound to fail.

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Steve Ballmer surprised the world when he resigned from Microsoft, and everyone wondered what he would do next.  Well, he surprised everyone again in announcing his impending $2 billion purchase of the LA Clippers.  Boom!  What a way to get a second at-bat.

For those of you living in the figurative sports cave, the LA Clippers were for sale because its previous owner, Donald Sterling, said some pretty bad racist stuff.  That resulted in Sterling getting banned from the NBA for life and a forced sale of the team.  It’s a big story.

That’s how Ballmer came to acquire the team.  Anyway, I’m not writing about the LA Clippers or about racism.  I’m writing to share a Steve Ballmer story.

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You don’t know Shane Battier? Then you have to read this seminal piece about him by Michael Lewis on the New York Times. It’s worth reading no matter your interest level in basketball.

The Cornerplay aspires to be to tech blogs what Shane Battier is to basketball. Battier may not be the most athletic or talented player in the NBA, but he is a winner everywhere he goes. Part of his success is due to hard work, preparation and intellect.

He is the rare, analytical professional basketball player who studies in-depth scouting reports; the kind of player who knows Kobe Bryant’s worst shot is the dribble left, 18-foot pull up jumper. And defends him accordingly.

The kind of player who knows the best jump shot statistically is the open corner 3 — the corner play — and who makes it a priority to take that shot.

This blog is about finding the corner plays of the tech world. Uncommon observations, contrarian insights and hidden truths, once per day.

But it won’t be all cut and dry. We will have fun here too. Like basketball, tech is a passion.

Here are five stories on the cornerplay we’re particularly proud of: