Buying a Winning Team
Facebook hurt more than a few people. That, however, does not mean it's a bad investment. The timing just was not right fresh off of a public offering few investors understood. With some context and a little patience, Facebook presents a compelling long-term story because it is more than a worldwide societal phenomenon.
Along similar lines, it's probably not a good idea to buy stock in a company simply because it owns or is associated with a sports franchise. Going long requires some context. If a beefy story surrounds the sports connection, buying the stock could make sense.
For the last year or so, I have beaten the bullish drum for two Canadian media and telecom stocks -- Rogers Communications(RCI) and BCE(BCE) . Several sides of beef envelop the near- and long-term narratives of both companies.
In a nutshell, the Canadian government allows Rogers and Bell to dominate the nation's telecommunications industry. It also permits joint and/or cross-ownership, by Rogers and Bell, of the country's most valuable sports, entertainment and media franchises.
Of all of the assets under the Rogers or Bell purview, the biggest are, without question, their media properties (in sports, Rogers owns regional sports networks across Canada, while Bell owns a majority of The Sports Network); their respective cable, satellite, fiber-optic and IP content delivery systems and platforms; and their joint-ownership/majority stake in the National Hockey League's most valuable franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs.