The Paramount Theatre in Rutland announced today an expanded and varied Tenth Anniversary Season of presentations at the Paramount Theatre. The Paramount has expanded to EIGHT performance Series at the theatre, including SUMMER MUSIC, POPULAR MUSIC, CLASSICAL MUSIC, THEATRE, THEATRE DEVELOPMENT, FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT, COMEDY (new this season) and an upcoming, soon-to-be announced film series as well. Bruce Bouchard, Executive Director commented, We, at the Paramount, are immensely proud and happy about what has transpired inside this building and around this community in the past 14 months. In challenging times, both the board of the theatre and the entire community has responded with a resounding vote of confidence and support, and have created the context for success for the organization for years to come. Bouchard continued, We have set perhaps the most ambitious, varied and diverse season to date for the Paramount. From Broadway Theatre to Classical Music, to emerging works from the NYC Musical Theatre arena, to a new comedy series to the Family Entertainment Series to Popular Music Series (and the upcoming film series) there is literally something for EVERYONE within range of our theatre.The Theatre Series kicks off our 10 Anniversary Season in June with Mel Brook s THE PRODUCERS (C-R Productions on tour) and continues with tours of the smash Broadway and Off-Broadway hits ALTAR BOYZ, CABARET, and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY (in its 26th Season in New York). Our Developmental Theatre Series, 30 Center Stage tucks into the summer with two musical projects by important young composer/lyricists: ROOM 16, a musical, by Stephen Sislen, dealing with the Watergate Break-in, and a two-act song cycle from Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, the authors of last summer s TALES FROM THE BAD YEARS.Two Music Series (Summer Music and Popular Music) will appeal to broad and eclectic tastes with warm weather visits from SUSAN TEDESCHI, LEE GREENWOOD, a bit of world music with BELA FLECK and TOUMANI DIABATE (Mr. Diabate is commonly regarded as the finest instrumentalists from the continent of Africa), return engagements from the Pink Floyd experience, THE MACHINE (nearly sold out last summer) and hometown sensation, DAN TYMINSKI. In the Fall, three wild-and-crazy guys in long hair, beards and tuxes THREE REDNECK TENORS, take us on a hilarious classical and popular music de-construction joy-ride, the DEREK TRUCKS BAND, recently called by the New York Times, without in today s popular music scene makes his first appearance at the Paramount as does and the top rock-acapella act in the country, ROCKAPELLA. ¦..spring features fiddler/clogger NATALIE MACMASTER with her astonishing band and a rare visit from descendants of the originals, THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA (16,200 concerts since their founding in 1956).A first-ever Comedy Series is new this year and includes former SNL Vet, JIM BREUER, Vermont Storyteller/Humorist, RUSTY DEWEES in THE LOGGERS HOLIDAY SHOW, the annual visit of our rapier comedy troupe, CAPITOL STEPS, and a special live adaptation of the prime time hit comedy, Whose Line is it Anyway: ¦ ¦WHO S LIVE ANYWAY, featuring Ryan Stiles, (from TV s 2 AND A HALF MEN) and a stellar improv comedy/song company.There will be something for everyone in the family in our second-annual FAMILY SERIES: After his unprecedented two sold-out shows this past season, JACK HANNA returns with his love of children and his wild menagerie to amuse and delight them, a visit from THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR CHRISTMAS will be a perfect holiday outing and THE PENDRAGONS; Illusionists who have logged more TV face time than any other specialty performers of in the business, forwards the theatres commitment to magic for the 4th straight season.Our Classical Series, Passages at the Paramount returns for the second season. Produced in association with Young Concert Artists, Inc. (NYC) the Series offers a rare opportunity to experience early career international and national first prize winners in four different disciplines from annual competitions held abroad and in New York City. Two of our artists from last season played The Paramount, and then within five days played their professional debuts in New York City at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. This season series runs October April and will feature a return engagement of GLEB IVANOV 26- year-old pianist from Russia (whose performance in November was one of the highlights of the season), NOE INUI, 20-year-old violinist from Brussels, (and winner of a performance award given by the Paramount this past January at the finals of international Competition), CAROLINA ULRICH, Soprano, and Spanish clarinetist, JOSE FRANCH-BALLESTER. Peter Miller, Fine Arts Supervisor for the Rutland Public Schools joins the Classical Series this season as an Artistic Associate. and will offer, new this season, pre-concert talks about the artists and the scheduled programs.31 individual performances of 27 acts from 7 Series over 12 action- packed months, plus the upcoming film series (stay tuned for additional details) should make for a hoppin wild year at The Paramount.It has been the vision since day one of the new-era Paramount to expand both the programming and the types of offerings (Series) at the theatre. By keeping the doors open as much as possible, and by keeping some of our ticket pricing as low as $10 and $15, we have truly made The Paramount a theatre for everyone while having a significant impact on the local economy. We are firmly establishing ourselves as the leading engine in the night time economy of south central Vermont.Bouchard concluded, It has been a flurry of amazing activity to re-brand, re-conceive, re-organize and re-make this beautiful theatre. Credit truly goes to our board of trustees, our amazing body of volunteers and an exemplary and dedicated staff: Eric Mallette, Assistant Director; Tom O Brien, Production Manager; Patricia Menduni, Director of Development; Alice Smith, Box Office Manager; our volunteer box office assistants: Mary Ann Riley, Carolyn Baker, Jackie Bartenstein, and Richard Cormier, and our wonderful Vermont Associates: Marion Farrell, Pat Dziubek and John LaFasoParamount Theatre 10th Anniversary SeasonALL Tickets on Sale to the General Public June 4, 2009 On Line not In Linewww.paramountlive.org(link is external)Box Office: 803-775-090330 Center Street, Rutland, VTTHE PRODUCERS 6/10/09 & 6/11/09Presented by C-R Productions on Tour. New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he’s visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? WWW.COHOESMUSICHALL.COMROOM 16 6/27/09 and 6/30/09Watergate musical. A part of the 30 Center Stage Theatre Development Series.SUSAN TEDESCHI 6/30/09Susan Tedeschi is an American blues and soul artist, who has risen to fame with multiple Grammy Award nominations, her powerful singing voice, fearless stage presence, and her marriage to Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band. WWW.SUSANTEDESCHI.COMLEE GREENWOOD 7/1/09Lee Greenwood is an American country music artist. Active since the early 1980s, he has released more than twenty major-label albums and has charted more than thirty-five singles on the Billboard country music charts. Although he is best known for his Top Ten crossover single “God Bless the USA”, Greenwood also has charted seven Number One hits in his career.WWW.LEEGREENWOOD.COMKERRIGAN/LOWDERMILK 7/30/09 8/1/09A part of the 30 Center Stage Theatre Development Series.BELA FLECK & TOUMANI DIABATE 8/5/09Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate (the kora master from Mali) started the tour as a duo in Oakland, California. They did 9 concerts, and they went incredibly well. The rest is musical history. Touring internationally, Bela and Toumani grace the stages of some of the worlds most beautiful music halls filling them with both tremendously appreciative audiences and beautiful music from the heart of Africa. What started as Bela s self dubbed African Project (his personal research into the roots of the banjo an instrument he has mastered) has become an international phenomenon winning rave reviews from critics across a broad spectrum.WWW.BELAFLECK.COMTHE MACHINE 8/8/09THE MACHINE, America s top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out large clubs and theatres across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. They have also appeared at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, and Germany s Rock of Ages.WWW.THEMACHINELIVE.COMTHE DAN TYMINSKI BAND 8/21/09Dynamic on stage, down to earth off stage, Dan Tyminski has the voice, instrumental chops, and charisma to be counted among the most recognizable and popular male vocalists on today s bluegrass and country music scenes. Yet his demeanor low-key and laconically sly ensures skill (mainly on guitar, but also on mandolin) and burnished, soulful tenor singing has been a key component of Alison Krauss and Union Station, arguably the most visible and successful bluegrass band in the modern era. Prior to that, he rose to national prominence as a member of bluegrass favorite, the Lonesome River BandWWW.DANTYMINSKIBAND.COMJIM BREUER 9/25/09Jim Breuer is an American comedian and actor, largely known for his appearance between 1995 and 1998 on Saturday Night Live. Breuer first rose to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998. On SNL, Breuer’s characters included “Goat Boy” (who hosted the fictional MTV program “Hey, Remember the 80s?”) and Glen Henderson, the elder brother to Chris Kattan’s Todd Henderson/Azrael Abyss character in the “Goth Talk” skits. He was originally scheduled to have been the co-star alongside friend and co-worker Dave Chappelle in the 1996 ill-fated sitcom “Buddies,” but was pulled from the role. Subsequently, the show was unsuccessful and stopped airing after the fifth episode.Among his impersonations was that of actor Joe Pesci, who hosted his own talk show, often accompanied by Colin Quinn playing fellow actor Robert De Niro. In a 1997 episode of the program, both Pesci and De Niro made surprise appearances to “confront” Breuer. Breuer is the new host of the third season of the VH1 show Web Junk 20. WWW.JIMBREUER.COMTHREE REDNECK TENORS 10/3/09Join Billy Bob, Billy Joe, and Billy Billee as they mix NASCAR with Beethoven, lite beer with Puccini and even kick up a little dust with Ave Maria Dixie! You’ll travel with our 3 singing cousins from their modest beginnings in Paris, Texas, where they discover that belting out a high C causes pigs to move faster and bar brawlers to scatter; all the way to their triumphant debut at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. WWW.3REDNECKTENORS.COMGLEB IVANOV (PASSAGES – PIANO) 10/24/09Mr. Ivanov won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was also awarded a grant from the Jack Romann Special Artists Fund of YCA. He won critical praise for his debut recitals at Carnegie s Zankel Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, presented by Young Concert Artists during the 2005-2006 season. He made his New York concerto debut to critical acclaim in April 2007 with the Orchestra of St. Luke s at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of YCA s Gala Irene Diamond concert. Returning after last season s Paramount debut.WWW.YCA.ORGALTAR BOYZ 10/17/09ALTAR BOYZ is a musical-comedy spoof about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The Boyz – five ultra-talented heartthrobs from Ohio – are lead singer Matthew (the pretty-boy hunk and leader of the pack), Mark (a sensitive young man with a deep faith in Cher), Luke (a bad-boy with an “interest” in communion wine), Juan (a hot-blooded crooner with a passion for pretty girls) and Abraham (a nice Jewish boy, who’s not quite sure how he ended up here…though his mother would sure like to know).As they perform their signature hits featuring lyrics like “Girl, you make me wanna wait” and Jesus called me on my cell phone , soul-wrenching secrets come tumbling out with hilarious results. The Boyz begin to question their faith in each other, and learn if fate is really holding them together or if it’s just their extra-firm hair gel. With their sweet harmonies, sinfully spectacular dancing and an unnerving sense of fashion, the ALTAR BOYZ are destined to rock the masses! A musical for the entire family, ALTAR BOYZ is 90 minutes of pure fun and the winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.WWW.ALTARBOYZ.COMDEREK TRUCKS BAND 11/6/09What had begun as a weekend activity quickly became a life s pursuit, and would eventually result in Derek being the youngest player to make Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, as well as the cover of Rolling Stone s 2007 New Guitar Gods issue. In 1999, Derek was asked to join The Allman Brothers Band, taking over slide guitar duty. (Derek’s uncle, “Butch” Trucks, is a founding member of the Allmans) and he found himself balancing the schedules of two full-time touring bands, often logging over 300 days a year on the road. His schedule grew even tighter when asked to join Eric Clapton s touring band for his 2006-2007 world tour. The opportunity to play alongside this living legend was obviously too good to pass up so Derek is currently juggling all three bands, including shows featuring both The Derek Trucks Band and the Allmans on the same bill.WWW.DEREKTRUCKS.COMROCKAPELLA 11/13/09Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group. They were best known for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and their participation on the long-running PBS children’s geography game show, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, as well with the show’s theme song. “Rockapella” is a portmanteau of “rock” and “a cappella”. In addition to original vocal music, the group also performs a cappella covers of pop songs.WWW.ROCKAPELLA.COMRUSTY DEWEES: THE LOGGER S HOLIDAY SHOW 11/20/09 & 11/21/09Vermont comedian, author, musican, actor, producer and master of Duct Tape Rusty s presentation guarantees to please crowds of all ages. Billed as The Blue Collar Comedy Tour meets Prairie Home Companion his Holiday variety show features musicians, special guests and lots of surprises! Certain to sell out fast!WWW.THELOGGER.COMTHE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR CHRISTMAS 12/18/09THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR® is a careful blending of heavenly soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor and baritone sound that brings a distinct Russian flavor to the choral experience. Founded in 1957, this choral ensemble is among Russia’s most prestigious all-boy choirs. Under the direction of Mr. Leonid Baklushin, the boys attend a special school which provides both general education and musical training. Being selected as a member of the touring company of THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR is no easy feat. Hand-picked from over 400 students at their school in Moscow, these highly talented youngsters have the voices of angels and the discipline to match their talents. The family event of the season!WWW.MOSCOWBOYSCHOIR.COMCABARET 1/19/10Presented by Windwood Theatricals. Wilkommen!, Bienvenue!, Welcome! , sings the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club through painted lips, as the people of 1929 Berlin join him. Whatever your troubles, you will forget them at the Cabaret. Sally Bowles, a middle-class lass from Chelsea, London, is working as a singer at Berlin s Kit-Kat Club and trying her best to live the thrillingly decadent life which the city is supposed to offer. Into her orbit comes Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer, and Sally soon moves in to join him in his room in the boarding house run by Fraulein Schneider. Their fellow lodgers include the cheerful whore, Fraulein Kost, and the gentle, graying fruiterer Herr Schultz. As the clouds gather, Sally, now pregnant by Cliff, is still determined to show the world what a good time she is having and she will not or cannot hear the noises of Nazism around her. But the others can.WWW.WINDWOODTHEATRICALS.COMCAROLINA ULRICH (PASSAGES – SOPRANO) 1/22/10Carolina Ullrich won First Prize in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. At the Auditions, her First Prize was sponsored by the Alice Rosner Foundation, and she was also awarded the Princeton University Concerts Prize, for an engagement in New Jersey; and the Usedom Music Festival Prize, for an engagement in Germany. She previously won First Prize at the 2008 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, Germany, which are co-sponsored by Young Concert Artists and the Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.WWW.YCA.ORGTHE CAPITOL STEPS 2/12/10The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 28 albums, including their latest, Camaign and Suffering . They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.WWW.CAPSTEPS.COMTHE PENDRAGONS 2/20/10Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon are an award-winning husband-and-wife team of American illusionists who call their work “physical grand illusion”. They are widely known thanks to numerous national and international television appearances. The couple are distinguished from many other husband-and-wife magic acts in that Charlotte Pendragon is credited as an equal partner rather than an assistant. She has been honoured in her own right as a magician and has achieved notable firsts as a woman in the magic profession. Returning after a complete sell out!WWW.THEPENDGRAGONS.NETNOE INUI (PASSAGES VIOLINIST WITH PIANO) 2/26/10He is active as a chamber musician and has performed in concert with such artists as pianist Martha Argerich at her Festival in Buenos Aires and at the Llao Llao Festival. He has concertized in Japan at major venues such as Tokyo s Suntory Hall and Casals Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of LiÃ¨ge in Belgium, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Germany and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Greece, to name a few.WWW.YCA.ORGJUNGLE JACK HANNA 3/6/10 (2 Exciting Shows!)John Bushnell Hanna, known as Jack is an American zoo keeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. His media appearances have made him one of the best known and well liked animal experts in the United States. Hanna, nicknamed “Jungle Jack”, is instantly recognizable by his khaki safari outfit, deep tan, Southern twang, pseudo-serious delivery, and shaggy hair. 2 sold out shows during the 2008/2009 season! Jungle Jack will bring more then 2 dozen LIVE ANIMALS with him to the Paramount Theatre. Last season saw cheetahs, kangaroos, birds, giant tortoises, rare African porcupines, penguins and more!WWW.JACKHANNA.COMJOSE FRANCH-BALLESTER (PASSAGES CLARINETIST WITH PIANO) 3/13/10Mr. Franch-Ballester s 2008-2009 season includes appearances as soloist with the Victoria and Wichita Falls symphonies in Texas, and recitals with Asociacion Nacional de Conciertos in Panama, Pace University (NY), Iowa State University, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (CA), Fox Hill Village, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (NY). In December 2007, he was selected for Carnegie Hall s Professional Training Workshop with Emanuel Ax and Richard Stoltzman, which concluded with a performance in Carnegie s Weill Hall.WWW.YCA.ORGNATALIE MACMASTER 3/18/10Natalie MacMaster, is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of the best-known musicians in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music, and has made a highly successful career as a touring musician, traveling to Europe and Asia and doing as many as 250 shows in a year. MacMaster has toured with many famous performers, including the Chieftains, Faith Hill, Carlos Santana and Alison Krauss, and has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma. She has appeared at many music festivals worldwide, including the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Celtic Connections in Scotland, and MerleFest in the United States. Filling stadiums and amphitheatres internationally, MacMaster s show promises to be a special treat!WWW.NATALIEMACMASTER.COMFORBIDDEN BROADWAY 4/24/10Forbidden Broadway was first seen at Palsson’s Supper Club on New York’s Upper West Side in January 1982. An unemployed actor, Gerard Alessandrini, wanted a showcase for his talents. He decided to assemble some of the musical parodies of Broadway shows he had written since childhood into a nightclub act. Critics and audiences were wowed and it has since become New York’s longest running musical comedy revue. Forbidden Broadway has won Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle and an honorary Tony Award for excellence!WWW.FORBIDDENBROADWAY.COMWHOSE LIVE ANYWAY 5/6/10Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles (from CBS s 2 and a Half Men), Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis leave their audiences gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Everyone is amazed at how quickly they make it up and crowds of all ages are astounded at the incredible improvised song lyrics Chip Esten and Jeff Davis improvise and sing. Their combined musical range is incredible! Audience participation is the key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage. Whose Live Anyway performs some of the games made famous from the Emmy Nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway plus some new ones. WWW.WHOSELIVEANYWAY.COMGLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 5/21/10The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.WWW.GLENNMILLERORCHESTRA.COMSource: Paramount Theatre
Tweet Share Crayfish. Image via: en.wikipedia.orgThe hunting and fishing season for 2011 has officially opened and officials of the Forestry and Wildlife Division say during that period, only licensed hunters and licensed freshwater fishermen may hunt and or fish Agouti, Manicou, Crabs and fish freshwater fish to include Crayfish, Mullets, Eels and Ramier.Assistant Forestry Officer Ronald Charles says it is an offence under the Forestry & Wildlife Act to hunt or fish in freshwater streams without a valid licence.“The general public is reminded that it is an offence under the Forestry & Wildlife Act to hunt or fish in freshwater streams without a valid licence, and that the hunting of all other species of animal, including the Mountain Chicken, all Birds, and Iguanas is strictly prohibited. The public is therefore advised that from today, hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased at the office of the Forestry & Wildlife Division on the Windsor Park link road, and at the Sub-Treasuries in Portsmouth and Marigot,” he said.Meantime Charles says due to the recent collapse of the Matthieu Dam fishing is not permitted west of the Matthieu River where it joins with the Layou River.“We want to ensure that the river repopulate itself. We are asking people to understand that it is a very serious matter. The river lost lots of its life and like we did in 1997, we want to give it some time to recover,” he explained.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews Hunting season officially opened by: – October 7, 2011 Share Share 120 Views no discussions
Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFighting McGregor meant the biggest payday of your career and if he’s gone, so too are those opportunities.Questions galore: Guess what everyone is going to want to ask every single fighter about between now and the day McGregor announces that he’s back?While it makes sense because it’s massive news, it must be exhausting to have people more interested in your opinion on someone else’s career moves rather than talking about whatever is going on in your own career. Bright and early Tuesday morning, Conor McGregor got the MMA world buzzing by tweeting about his future.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFor the second time in his career, the Irish superstar has declared via the social media platform that he’s walking away from the sport: Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019 The announcement is similar to a message he posted a little under three years ago when his rematch with Nathan Diaz — that was expected to headline UFC 200 — was pulled from the schedule amidst a power struggle between McGregor and the UFC brass: I have decided to retire young.Thanks for the cheese.Catch ya’s later.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016 This feels far more like a negotiation tactic than an actual retirement, as McGregor was in talks to return to action against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone just recently, but balked at the idea of being the co-main event. Cerrone has subsequently been booked into a main event pairing with Al Iaquinta set to take place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada this summer, leaving McGregor without a dance partner for the time being.While it is almost a stone-cold lock that the former two-weight world champion will deliver a “Guess who’s back?” tweet in the next 90 days to announce his next UFC fight, here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of Conor packing it in for real and what it would mean for all involved parties.Pros for Conor McGregorFree time: McGregor has already created additional revenue streams for himself as a brand ambassador and entrepreneur, so officially walking away from the sport would mean he no longer needs to spend hours in the gym and could therefore devote himself further to his different ventures, including his whiskey line, Proper No. 12.Retiring would also afford him more time to spend with his growing family.Leverage: Even if this is a real retirement (it won’t be), McGregor remains the biggest star in the sport and walking away would give him a ton of leverage in any negotiations with the UFC.McGregor can flex and say he’s done with the sport because he’s got tons of money in the bank and more coming in. But while Dana White can wish him well and say that he thinks McGregor should retire, there is no one in the game that generates the kind of money McGregor rakes in, so having him walk away would have a negative impact on the UFC product.Can’t lose if you don’t fight: Just as I don’t think this is a real retirement, I don’t think this is really something that is going through McGregor’s head at the moment, but it’s true nonetheless.McGregor got smothered and stopped in his last appearance and is just 2-2 in his last four fights, yet he’s still wildly popular and his return is in high demand. But how does that change if he loses again, particularly if he gets finished, as he has in each of his last two losses?If he walks away now, he can’t catch another bad loss and give everyone the opportunity to criticize his performance and question whether he’s still got it or not.Cons for Conor McGregorFree time: Maybe having all kinds of free time isn’t a good thing for McGregor, as he could spend even more time hanging out at swanky Miami hotspots and smashing cell phones at five in the morning.Or crashing Bellator MMA events. Or throwing dollies through bus windows. Or burning through the fortune that he’s amassed.Lack of pageantry: How are you going to announce your retirement on Twitter, rather than letting the MMA world give you a massive send-off?Georges St-Pierre held a press conference to declare his future plans and the rest of the week turned into a GSP lovefest, with career retrospectives, fond reminiscences and well wishes from all corners of the MMA universe.If he’s legitimately gone, this was an opportunity for McGregor be held up as the history-making figure that he is and instead, he’s opted to pile up likes and retweets.Going out on a loss: And an ugly one at that.Listen, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov is nothing to be ashamed of, but if this is indeed the end, it feels somewhat anticlimactic that the boisterous, trash-talking, history-making superstar goes out following a performance where he was dominated from start to finish.You don’t often get to go out on your own terms in combat sports and many of the greats are forced out after an ugly loss or two, but for a guy who said he was ready to return in July just a couple of weeks ago to pull the plug after getting trounced is a weak move.Pros for the UFCNow we can finally move on: If this is real and Dana White really is happy to see him walk away, the promotion can officially get out of the McGregor business and use the various lessons they’ve learned from working with the talented Irishman to promote the active fighters who could serve as his potential replacement.As much as the UFC benefits greatly from McGregor stepping into the cage, it also has to be exhausting constantly being asked about when he’s coming back, the same way it has to be tiring to be bombarded with questions about the Diaz Brothers and GSP and anyone else who fights infrequently, but has a massive following.Power play: All of this feels like a reaction to the UFC wanting to book McGregor into a co-main event slot and if he actually does walk away because things didn’t go his way, that’s a massive muscle flex for the promotion.Everyone expects the UFC to cave and book McGregor into a pay-per-view main event (as they should given his track record), but if the company holds firm, it sends a rigid “my way or the highway” message to the rest of the roster.Cons for the UFCLoss of revenue: McGregor is a cash cow and if he is retiring, he’s taking a whole lot of potential revenue with him.The reason the UFC wants to book him in the co-main event didn’t make sense to anyone, especially given Dana White’s explanation, is that McGregor has headlined three of the biggest UFC events of all-time and two of them were non-title affairs. An event with McGregor and Cerrone as the headliners and a stacked card behind them would perform like gangbusters, just like every other McGregor-helmed show in recent years, and allowing him to walk means letting a lot of money exit alongside of him.The McGregor shadow: Do you really think fight fans and media are going to let Dana White and the UFC stop talking about Conor McGregor?Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in four years and people still talk about him all the time, so if McGregor does in fact retire, White better expect even more questions about the first man to win titles in two different weight classes simultaneously than ever before.Additionally, it would just feel anticlimactic — that the UFC missed a great opportunity to get one or two more quality fights out of the guy before he truly walked away for good and it would take a good long while for people to get over it.And that’s normal people — MMA fans might not ever get over it.Pros for Other FightersEasy callout opportunities: McGregor already gets called out by just about everyone, but you would have to assume that even more fighters would start launching verbal salvos at the former lightweight and featherweight champion if he does walk away.Less likely to get caught out at a press conference: Jeremy Stephens won’t have to worry about speaking up at press events any longer, while lightweight and welterweight stars won’t have to prepare for the barrage of insults, mockery and fan boy attacks on social media that accompany being matched up with McGregor.Maybe they can get some attention now: To be fair, the UFC has been doing a better job of late when it comes to showcasing the active fighters on the roster, but if McGregor has actually retired, all the energy that was previously devoted to him (or held in reserve for when he did come back) can be directed elsewhere.Some of the promos the UFC put together around McGregor fights were amazing and while no one has the same “force of nature” presence as the 30-year-old Dubliner, imagine what kind of impact building a UFC 189-style promo around Max Holloway or Amanda Nunes or Valentina Shevchenko or anyone else could have on their careers.Cons for Other FightersNo more red panty nights: As much as McGregor introducing “Red Panty Night” into the MMA lexicon was a funny moment, the underlying facts of what he was saying were true. Update: On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported that Irish police are investigating McGregor for an alleged sexual assault of a woman in December. The alleged victim claims that McGregor assaulted her in the Beacon Hotel in Dublin. McGregor hasn’t been charged with a crime in the case and whether this reported investigation has anything to do with the timing of his retirement announcement is unknown.Previously: If this really is the end for Conor McGregor, here’s a look at the pros and cons for “The Notorious” one, the UFC and his former colleagues who continue to compete inside the Octagon.
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