Sports analogies are a mainstay for business – both reporting and motivational development. What is a company but a team, focused on scoring against the competition? Nations also compete against each other far more constantly than the hardware counts from the quadrennial Olympics. Business is a kind of sport, and as such some sense of “rules” applied “fairly” is the critical difference between an efficient market and exploitation.
That’s what makes the business of sports both fascinating and raw at the same time it is dreadfully dull. While completing the obvious connections, the business of running a professional team drains the passion from the moments that make the highlight shows and endless banter worth watching.
Which gets us to the NFL Referee’s lockout– about the most boring story in the world until one seriously blown call.