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As a sports fan, these are the types of stories we read about throughout the week. Whether it’s about the status of an underperforming player or discussion around if a team will fire their coach in the coming weeks (see here), we hear more about what our favorite teams may do, as opposed to what they are currently doing. And you know what? We love it. That’s why we listen to WFAN 24/7, play fantasy sports, and argue with our friends about who is to blame for our favorite team’s dissapointing record.
But there’s another side to the story. I’d be willing to bet the average blood pressure of coaches and front office executives are higher than the normal adult due to the reports they read in the newspaper and the commentary they hear about online regarding their teams. This begs the question, what should teams do when new rumors surface? Should they ignore it? Issue a statement? Or is this simply the way their business is and they should accept it?
Personally, I’m not sure teams CAN do anything. Athletes, and the teams that pay their ridiculous salaries, are going to be scrutinized and talked about left and right for every move they make, and don’t make. Maybe it’s up to the PR dept. to issue as much positive news as possible in an effort to combat any negativity that might come out about the team or one of its players? Maybe they already do this and it doesn’t work?
Please comment and let me know your thoughts on what teams should do when new rumors and speculation surface.