Reminiscing and Goodbyes

To sign out of “All Sports, All Business,” which has been awesome to post on these past few weeks, I thought I’d touch upon the two main things that I learned, and the things that I tried to convey to any audience I may have had.

Operate Responsibly

When looking towards China’s football league and the corruption that crept in over the years, mutilating the game with bribery, thrown matches, and resulting in hopeless fans, we can see the importance of being honesty and integrity in the industry.

This ties in with sustainability, but I’ll touch on that later– for now I want to talk more about personal ethics. The gambling rings, owner irresponsibility, and consistent player salary cuts that the Chinese were up against became a very hard hole to dig themselves out of– franchises should never get to this point. It all starts with taking personal responsibility on the part of owners and players

If you read my post on the terrible regulation and operating culture of food vendors within sporting arenas, then you know where I’m going with this. There are virtually no stadiums in any state in this country that are health code violation-free, and operating in healthy (or LEGAL) manners. Human and animal waste, a lack of clean utensils and prep areas, and simple human incompetence make these arenas disgusting on paper. The worst part is that, because demand is so resilient for food during sporting events, there is little to no actual incentive for vendors to change these habits. I strongly hope that this catches up with these vendors, but it’s hard to argue with profits. Fans must take responsibility here: be informed! Know what you’re ingesting, and vote with your dollar– sometimes, this is the only way to instate change. I know I won’t be supporting the Pepsi Center, here in Colorado, with my money anymore.

The Super Bowl Knows What’s Up

My posts about the Super Bowl, regarding Super Bowl commercials and the 2013 movement towards sustainable operations, goes to show that the Super Bowl, in itself, truly is an amazing demonstration of business operations. Selling ad revenue brings in an amazing amount of revenue (about $4 million for 30-seconds, these days), but also generates publicity for the Super Bowl, as the time to “watch those great commercials” annually– and has even become a tradition in many households. Relatively, it is also cheap for companies to reach millions of people–if they so choose to invest the money.

The Super Bowl’s move to operate sustainably and buying carbon credits to cover their share of pollution this year, was also a very environmentally conscious move. What’s more– the host committee hardly received press for it! The “Geaux Green” project was poorly advertised, but effective. That builds brand equity, in my book.

It’s been an honor, readers! Thanks for your time over these past five weeks!

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