Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Jen Mueller

Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 11.35.00 PMDon’t mail in the conversations this week, or get suckered into talking about everyone else’s Fourth of July plans.

Yes, I know it’s the week of summer vacations, fireworks and hot dogs.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but using sports as your go-to small talk topic will probably get you further with business contacts than talking about proper toppings for a hot dog.

You can learn a lot about a person by the way he or she talks about the game and the element of a game they choose to focus on. Listen closely, resist the urge to mail it in and use these sports topics this week.


Making News:

  • Jozy Altidore
  • The ‘Big 3’
  • All Star Voting
  • Wimbledon
  • Tour de France

Why They’re Making News:

  • In the World Cup, the United States advanced to the round of 16.  This is the knockout round with the winner advancing and the loser going home.  The Americans are hopeful Jozy Altidore will return to the pitch.  He pulled his hamstring in the match against Ghana.
  • In the NBA, the ‘Big 3’ in Miami (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) have opted out of their contracts with the Heat for next season.  It could mean they’re looking to leave town, or according to some reports, they could be trying to restructure their contracts to stay in Miami and give the Heat more flexibility in signing more players.
  • In baseball, voting ends Thursday for the upcoming All Star game.  There are still several close races that will be decided in the final days. The All Star game will be played July 15th in Minnesota.
  • In tennis, five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams lost over the weekend.  She is the top ranked player in the world and was the top seeded woman at Wimbledon. She has failed to make it to the quarter finals in four of the last five Majors.  The champions will be determined this weekend.
  • The Tour de France starts Saturday.  The 21-stage race is the biggest cycling race in the world.  A total of 198 riders will compete during the 3-week event.


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.