Charlie Ergen’s Management Theory: Dumb & Dumber and Seinfeld
Some executives quote philosophers like Plato or legendary coaches such as Vince Lombardi. But not Charlie Ergen; that’s far too high-brow for him. The DishÂ Network chairman seems to get his theories on management from television and movie comedies.
JustÂ a few quarters after he described Dish’s wireless situation as aÂ “Seinfeld Strategy” (itÂ may not seem clear now but it’ll make sense in the end), the DishÂ chairman gave a shout out to the Jim Carrey and Jeff DanielsÂ 1994 classicÂ comedy “Dumb and Dumber” on Thursday. When asked by an analyst whether Dish would receive government approval to use its wireless assets, Ergen said:
“I’m hoping. You know that Dumb and Dumber line? I think there is a chance.”
The scene he is referring to is posted above.
Ergen, who has played poker and blackjack professionally, also made some analogies to wagering on Thursday. When asked about the odds of the FCC approving the company’s application for wireless spectrum he said:
“I would go broke betting on Washington. I’m about 0-for-100 in Washington.”
But here’s something for Ergen can count on: the Farrelly Brothers are planning a “Dumb and Dumber” sequelÂ that will reunite Carrey and Daniels in their roles asÂ Lloyd and Harry.