- I haven't spoken to Schwartz about the current mess NYRA has stepped into,
but there is one thing about which I have no doubt. If Barry had
remained NYRA's Chairman he would have had a calendar on his desk with a
BIG RED X marked on the date Sept. 15, 2010. That is the day the
takeout was supposed to drop to the statutory level one point lower than
what NYRA had been deducting.
People like Barry Schwartz speak too plainly for 21st century politics. That, and his frustration with opposition to later attempts to lower the takeout even more contributed to his departure
Jack Welch, the former GE CEO, once said that he does not want managers or executives who fear change. He wants managers and executives that fear what will happen if you don't change.
I can't help but think if Barry K. Schwartz was in a position of power in our sport over the last decade, we'd be in better shape.