Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 7.58.19 AMTry to ignore sports all you want, but it’s a losing battling when more than half of all Americans identify themselves as sports fans.

Knowing that, wouldn’t it be easier to use sports to your advantage instead of trying to avoid sports conversations or worse yet, trying to ban them from the office place.

Anyone who says sports talk at work alienates others, isn’t using it correctly.  Sports topics, like the ones listed below, should be used as a conversation starter not as the focal point for every conversation you have.  Make connections.  Build relationships. Talk sports.

Making News:

  • Wichita State
  • Phil Jackson
  • NFL Free Agency
  • Brad Keselowski
  • Patrick Reed


Why They’re Making News:

  • College basketball takes center stage this week as conference tournaments wrap up and the NCAA tournament bracket is revealed on Sunday.  When that happens, expect the Wichita State Shockers to be a No. 1 seed.  Wichita State finished with a perfect regular season record and then won their conference title.  They are a perfect 34-0 heading into the NCAA tournament.
  • In the NBA, long-time head coach Phil Jackson met with the New York Knicks last week and expected to join their front office this week.  He reportedly turned down a chance to coach the struggling team in favor of running it.  The Knicks have star power, but not the wins to show for it.
  • Football is still in the news this week and free agency will dominate the headlines. The free agency period officially starts on Tuesday but is already started for many players and teams.  There’s lots of free agents on the market and they’ll all trying to get the best contract and the most money for their services.
  • In NASCAR, Brad Keselowski passed Dale Earnhardt on the final lap Sunday to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Keselowski gambled and won as Earnhardt ran out of fuel before crossing the finish line.  It’s the second straight week Earnhardt has finished second.
  • In golf, the name Patrick Reed might not ring a bell yet, but keep an eye on the 23-year old.  He became the youngest golfer to win the World Golf Championship tournament over the weekend.  He stayed ahead of Tiger Woods who faltered during the final round and posted the worst Sunday score of his career.

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.