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3 Management Lessons From Pro Sports

3 Management Lessons From Pro Sports | SPORTS MANAGEMENT: FOSTER, D. |
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said that running a football team is no different than running a business. Here's why.

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3 great guidelines to beginning or sustaining a great management environment!

Brian Carchedi's curator insight, October 15, 2014 12:08 AM

This article teaches me some of things it takes to be a general manager figure and run a team, such as how to recruit players and manage a roster. What I found interesting is that recruiters do not use their "gut instinct", but instead use statisticians to analyze data and how well the player performs. I chose this article because I hope to work for a professional team one day, and I may be put in the position to select and scout players to play for the team I represent. This information helped me tremendously because it gave me a different outlook on how to manage a sports team. It taught me how to evaluate in the preseason and what to do to sort the good and bad players on the team. Overall, it was very helpful if I were to become high up in the team's front office. 

Thomas Gerdes's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:02 AM

This article talks about 3 major lessons any management team can use to enhance their business or whatever it is they manage.

Gary McKoy's curator insight, March 8, 2015 10:59 PM

The three steps in improving and developing an all star team professionally through management: 1. Recruit Differently 2. Manage Your Roster 3. Admit to your Mistakes

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Youth Sports: Code of Ethics for Coaches and Parents

Youth Sports: Code of Ethics for Coaches and Parents | SPORTS MANAGEMENT: FOSTER, D. |

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A great code for managers, coaches, and parents to not only live by but to teach as well.

Justin Hilliard's curator insight, July 18, 2014 10:39 PM

With the decrease of ethics in sports.  More and more leagues have become more insistent on having their coaches, players, and parents sign an ethics agreement that can range in penalty from being removed from a game and suspended for the next one to having all playing rights within that league removed for the foreseeable future.

Marc-Olivier Dumont's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:09 AM

As a former football, i think its really important for us to have a Code of ethics because the game might become unnecessary rough and degenerate into a violent confrontation that will eventually leads to injury. Its good that the coaches and the parent are as well following a code of ethics because everything they do will have repercussion on the field.

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Adults behaving badly at youth sporting events is unacceptable and needs to stop | Deseret News

Adults behaving badly at youth sporting events is unacceptable and needs to stop | Deseret News | SPORTS MANAGEMENT: FOSTER, D. |

As a coach, you are responsible for the behavior of your team, the coaching staff, and the on and off field decisions that get made.  That is at every level.  Now, we only pay attention to when unethical behavior happens at colligiate or professional levels.  But what happens when it happens at a younger level.  Attached is a column about a Utah little league football playoff tournament that got called off because of a coach's decision to handle the game.  In the pee wee level of the Blouty Gate scandal, one team laid vicious hits on the opposing team to injure the other team, with one case being a quarterback who is now suffering from a concussion for a week.  That is the coach decising that to keep the team in the game, the opposing players need to be hurt.  What ever happened to the fun when we were young?  Aside from this one article, there have also been cases of coaches punching opposing players, Parents causing fights with coaches of both the team their kid plays on and opposing kids and parents.  As adults, what kind of ethics, both personal and on field, are we setting as a society?

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A great article of how not act as a coach, parent, or player. It is up to the management to ensure that all ethical behavior is being followed and kept honorable.

Calvin Adams's curator insight, April 6, 2013 2:24 PM

This is a prime example of what kids today emulate. If the parents are doing it, then why is it not for the children?

Adam Odell's curator insight, July 20, 2014 3:12 PM

Coaching ethics not only comes from the coach but also comes from the first coach an individual has that is their parents. Parents should also be within the guidelines of Ethics and morals in sports and in life.

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Public Funding of Sports Stadiums

Public Funding of Sports Stadiums | SPORTS MANAGEMENT: FOSTER, D. |
The Center for Public Policy & Administration offers research, education and services to public and nonprofit organizations that will strengthen administration, leadership and public policy making.

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Having public and private dollars pay for a venue allows for a lot more variation, community involvement, and shared dollars. It is definitely a strength when it comes to a sports franchise.

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Essentials for hiring: Soft Skills

Essentials for hiring: Soft Skills | SPORTS MANAGEMENT: FOSTER, D. |
Next time you are sitting around the table with your management team discussing the attributes you are seeking in your next new hire, try this experiment:
Ask your team, “What are the top five skills we need in a person to be successful in this position?” Go around the room and let everyone give you at least one and up to five skills. I’m willing to bet that the majority of the skills listed will be soft skills rather than hard skills.

Hard skills are those skills you learn in school or training courses. Welding, Microsoft Word, engineering, bookkeeping and marketing are all examples of hard skills. Soft skills, on the other hand, are generally people skills and behaviors more closely linked with how people work together, how they process information and what drives them to go to work every day.
Hard skills are learned in a classroom; soft skills are learned in life through experiences. Note that soft skills are learned through experiences, not experience, meaning that a person can learn about teamwork while playing sports rather than just working in their job.
In our service-oriented society today the typical top five soft skills employees need are:
• Communication — This one skill is so important it could be a study all in itself. Communication with customers, co-workers, managers, subordinates and suppliers is so key to the success of a business that failures in communication are often at the root of most business problems. Half of the communication issues revolve around listening. A customer tells an employee about a problem, but if listening isn’t involved, the problem isn’t fixed and usually grows. Even just acknowledging you received a message from someone, even though you are not able to provide an answer immediately, just lets the other person know you are listening.
• Teamwork — Throughout most of our formal education we are graded on our own individual performance. But once we get into the workforce, we must work with others and generally our individual success depends on the success of the organization and team. The ability to support others and combine or complement each other’s talents is essential to success.
• Problem solving — The ability to customize a solution for a client is what makes a company stand out in the marketplace. Think about all the iPhones Apple has sold in the last month and how each one looks just like the other, until the owner begins to customize it with various accessories, apps, ringtones and more. Every consumer wants to be unique, just as every customer has unique issues. Individuals who can analyze a problem and come up with a solution can help an organization shine.
• Ability and willingness to learn — How long does it take for technology to change? While some foundational learning is important, the specifics to an industry change constantly. It isn’t just technology either. How many business owners are trying to figure out how the Affordable Care Act affects their business and their employees? Suppliers change parts and products to keep up with changes in society. Trends change as well as customer wants and needs. Change is the only constant in life and people who don’t have the willingness to learn will hold your company back.
• Responsibility — Everything from showing up on time to doing what they say they will do, to being able to step up and make certain a project gets completed for a customer. Similar to working in teams, individuals who show responsibility are those who will help lead an organization and take on tasks that are not necessarily assigned to them, but also need to get done, above and beyond their own work load.
These skills are evident in every person’s past. Some have more examples than others, and that’s just the point. Those who have more experiences should be able to tell you about when they have had to exercise these traits. So when speaking with potential hires, prepare questions that relate to these traits as they fit your organization. If you can identify these traits before you hire the person, you will build a team of superstars.
Mike Calvin is an employment consultant with 1st Fruits Consulting and helps organizations with their hiring needs including full life-cycle recruiting, candidate sourcing, selection process, interviewing and assessments, and win-win negotiating. Based in North Pole, Mike can be contacted by email at

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A great article for sports managers about who to hire for the coaching staff, or administration department. Soft skills are just as important as hard skills, maybe more important.

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Sports stadiums go green: from Croke Park to Minnesota Twins ...

Sports stadiums go green: from Croke Park to Minnesota Twins ... | SPORTS MANAGEMENT: FOSTER, D. |
Since the baseball stadium of the Minnesota Twins set a new standard in 2010 when it opened its new target field using a rainwater recycling system to meet 50pc of its water needs, what have other stadiums around the globe ...

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Facility management can be one of the most difficult aspects of a managers job. Having an efficient and "green" stadium will definitely help, and is the wave of the future.

Ryan Leary's curator insight, January 27, 2013 6:31 PM

Strategies and ways in which different stadiums have found a way to "go green".

Jeremy Allen's curator insight, September 21, 2013 9:35 PM

More stadiums will continue to go green in the near future.

daviscraine's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:14 PM

Its great to see so many stadiums going green!


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Sports Facility Financing - How Do You Raise The Money? | Sports Facility Business Plan Development

Sports facility financing is one of the most challenging aspects of the start-up process. If you are not self financing, you have to look elsewhere to get the money.

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Information on the different avenues a developer or management could take to fund a sports franchise.

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Sports Food Concessions Opportunities Growing at Venues Across Country

Sports Food Concessions Opportunities Growing at Venues Across Country | SPORTS MANAGEMENT: FOSTER, D. |

Foodservice at the Bat - Concessions at sports venues no longer stop at hot dogs and popcorn, and in fact, arenas and ballparks are becoming food destinations.

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Concessions are one of the most important aspects of a sports venue. If a sports team has poor food quality it will definitely have an adverse effect on the attendance.

Amanda Mueller's curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:47 PM

"Yet in the business of sports, the perception of food is primarily that of a revenue source. That never made any sense to me, because here you are, you’re in the business of entertaining people, and if there’s one thing you have at your disposal that can completely seal that deal every time regardless of how well anybody plays on the field, it’s food.”

Cam Gravina's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:01 PM

1. What I learned was how important food is to the sports industry.

2.What I found intresting was how it was New haven pizza and I grew up with new haven pizza becasue I am from CT.

3.I selected this article becasue I love food and sports and thought it would be a great read.

4.This greatly impacts sports industry becasue it is just another seller for your company.I think it is important to have good food at sporting events becasue you need us much money as possible to keep your busniness runnng. 

Justin Rash's curator insight, December 11, 2013 5:39 PM

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