Schilling likes playing cards — did the state adequately scrutinize his hand?
There’s some unintended irony in this 2005 appearance by Curt Schilling on Bravo’s Celebrity Poker:
Schilling was paired with Ray Romano, Sarah Rue, Brad Garrett, and Catherine O’Hara in playing cards for charity, in his case, the SHADE Foundation created by his wife, Shonda.
Schilling’s quiet for most of this clip. But at about nine minutes in, he talks about how he’s been “competitive since the moment I can remember.” He attributes that to playing sports as a kid.
Schilling goes on to talk about he became an avid card player early in his minor league career. Speaking of his Red Sox teammates in 2005, he said, “We play Texas hold-em pretty much exclusively on all of our plane flights.”
Schilling goes on to say, “My teammates are going to scrutinize every single hand I play.”
As the meltdown of 38 Studios continues to play out in Rhode Island, one of the main questions is whether the state adequately vetted Schilling’s plan for his video game business.
Schilling blames Governor Lincoln Chafee, in a story published in today’s Providence Journal, for cutting his company off at the knees.
Yet As CNN Money reports, 38 Studios may have been undercapitalized from the get-go:
The whole idea was flawed from the start,” says Kevin Dent, a 14-year veteran of the industry who funds start-up video game companies.
“MMOs are the third rail of the industry. Even established publishers get into trouble with MMOs,” he says. “The latest good product, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Electronic Arts spent $200 million to develop plus $80 million for post-launch content and support. Then they spent $50 million on marketing. You cannot make a MMO for $75 million. Rhode Island didn’t do their due diligence.”
Meanwhile, former Governor Don Carcieri, who championed the 38 Studios project, declines to speak to reporters.