Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I've been a bad blogger recently, as real life has slowed me down. Here's to hoping I can pick it back up again soon. That said, I saw something today that is truly incredible, if not really related to economics at all:

Sorry is also what O.J. Simpson is *not* saying:
In a stunning announcement, FOX TV says it plans to interview the 59-year-old former football star and actor about "how he would have committed" the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, for which he was acquitted in a criminal trial.
On Nov. 30, Simpson's book, titled If I Did It, which Regan is publishing, goes on sale. Its text "hypothetically describes how the murders would have been committed," according to a press release.
The Post says that Simpson was reputedly paid $3.5 million for the book.
So, let's just say "wow." Two questions:
  1. Does anyone think he is "hypothetically" describing anything? I'd always been agnostic about whether O.J. did it or not. I didn't see the evidence (except through the lens of the media), so I always punted the question. But one must ask, "if he were innocent, why would you write a book like that?" Of course, I guess you could also just ask "why would you write a book like that?" and find it equally hard to come up with an answer.
  2. Ah, there's the answer: $3.5 million. This begs the question: will you buy the book? Do you know of someone who would? (By the way, I always thought that all of Simpson's earnings these days, above a certain "survival" level, go to the Brown and Goldman families to pay the award from the civil trial. If that's right, then O.J. isn't getting incremental income from this $3.5 million or book royalties- they'd just get passed on to the Browns and Goldmans.)


Blogger BW said...

I certainly won't buy it. The article on msnbc suggests that Simpson still hasn't paid the Brown or Goldman families any money and that it is pretty easy to use "lawyering" to keep them from getting at any of the money from the book.

11/15/2006 7:44 PM  

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