The locker room of any professional team includes a diverse group of players who come together for a common goal and battle adversity to get results.
I heard football executive say those words following the NFL draft this weekend. After spending many years in football locker rooms and baseball clubhouses, I can confirm that’s exactly what happens.
But that same sentiment can be used to describe lots of different workplaces. You’re not always going to like the people you work with, or fully understand where they came from, but there’s a good chance you’ll put that aside to accomplish goals.
Sports and business have more connections that you might realize at first glance and talking about sports at work helps with the teamwork and ultimately the results.
This week’s list of names making news highlights the drama and diversity throughout sports. Use these to have intelligent conversations and get to know your colleagues better, or just to understand what’s going on in the world around you.
- Michael Sam
- Donald Sterling
- Steve Kerr
- Jose Bautista
- Adam Scott
Why They’re Making News:
- NFL experts are busy grading each team’s draft class this week. Michael Sam made news over the weekend. He became the first openly gay player to be drafted when the St. Louis Rams selected him in the 7th round. It’s a storyline that will run its course this week, but ultimately it all comes down to playing the game.
- In the NBA it seems like you should be talking more about the playoffs than the drama playing out in Los Angeles, but it will be Donald Sterling and his wife Shelly making news this week. Both have done TV interviews and vow to fight any attempts to force them to sell the team. Sterling was fined and banned from basketball after making racist comments.
- Also in the NBA, Steve Kerr is expected to become the head coach of the New York Knicks this week. Kerr has been linked to new Knicks president Phil Jackson since he took the job. Kerr has no previous coaching experience but has worked in a front office capacity and as a TV analyst.
- In baseball, the streak is over for Toronto’s Jose Bautista. Sunday marked the first time all season he failed to get on base, snapping a streak of 38 games. It’s nowhere close to the record but still an impressive accomplishment.
- On the PGA Tour, Martin Kaymer won the Players Championship over the weekend, but all eyes will be on Adam Scott in the next couple of weeks. Scott had a chance to move in to the top spot in the world rankings but played a disappointing tournament. He is still projected to overtake Tiger Woods and move in the No. 1 spot in the coming weeks.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business.. Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business. The book is available through Amazon.