Who Knew? Michael Eisner Owns A Football Club
Mr. Eisner Strikes Walt Disney-esque approach to speaking to the club’s fans during the coronavirus crisis
Did you know that former Disney boss Michael Eisner owns a football team? Me neither! But today he was getting all “Uncle Mike” in a tweet from the club speaking to the coronavirus.
For several years I looked forward to hearing this voice on Sunday nights on The Magical World Of Disney and, quite frankly, it did me good to hear him again:
? A message from @Michael_Eisner ⬇️#Pompey pic.twitter.com/w0WCAeME6V
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) March 23, 2020
Michael, true to form, spoke to the disappointment of not being able to field a team at the moment but pivoted to the much more important news of the day:
But you know what? Everyone’s health is much more important than football… Our management and our players are there to be supportive of all of our fans and will continue to be so through our [foundation], through anything we can do to help. We do hope that you will listen to the government directives. Protect yourself. Keep your distance. Sequester yourself as necessary and hope and pray this passes soon.
This is a very similar tone as the message Mr. Eisner sent last week, as he saw Disney Parks close around the world:
As an alum with great respect for our Disney cast, I know fear of this virus creates a palpable dread. Teddy Roosevelt said, “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” I’d say, don’t get to the end of your hope, hang in there. This won’t last forever. #Disney
— Michael Eisner (@Michael_Eisner) March 18, 2020
And very in character to his very supportive tweet to Robert Iger and Bob Chapek as the CEO reigns passed from the former to the latter.
Bob Chapek becomes the new CEO of #Disney reporting to @RobertIger through the end Iger’s contract. Bob has vast experience over multiple leadership roles at Disney. Congratulations Bob Chapek!
— Michael Eisner (@Michael_Eisner) February 25, 2020
Anyway, as I wrote this morning about Tom Hanks, let’s pause: In a world where so many things are failing us, isn’t it great to maintain at least a couple of role models?
Want more about Uncle Mike? Read my recent piece, below: