Posted on: July 18th, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Welcome to your weekly batch of sports conversation starters. These little tidbits will give you something to talk about at the water cooler, during business outings and while making small talk this week. These topics are just a snapshot of a few sports headlines in the news. Read the short summary, clink on the links for more information and use the questions provided to get the conversation rolling. It’s that easy!

Talk Sporty Conversation Starters

NFL – It looks like the NFL lockout could be coming to an end this week, more than 4 months after it started.  This is great news for football fans, but there will still likely be delays to the start of training camps.   What kind of effect do you think this will have on the start of the season, or the type of play we see at the start of the season?  Which free agents will lose the greatest amount of money as a result of the abbreviated negotiating time?


NBAThe NBA will release it’s 2011-12 schedule Tuesday afternoon despite its current work stoppage.  The schedule announcement is usually met with excitement from fans anxious to see big matchups and the Christmas Day lineup, but there’s a chance there won’t be an NBA season.  What do you think about the schedule announcement?  What are the chances any of those games will be played?


MLB – With the All-Star game behind us, teams are now looking ahead to the July 31 trade deadline.  Teams in contention will be looking to add an extra piece for a playoff run.  Teams that have fallen out of the race will be looking to deal players in exchange for pieces to help build for the future.  Where does your team fit in?  Which teams do you expect to be the biggest players at the trade deadline?


Women’s World Cup  – Sunday’s World Cup Championship match ended in heartbreak for the Americans.  The U.S. missed it’s first 3 penalty kicks and lost to Japan 3-2.  It was the first World Cup title for Japan.  What did you think about the ending to Sunday’s match?  Who proved to be the most valuable player for the U.S. during the tournament?


British OpenDarren Clarke won the first major of his career on a very difficult course at the British Open.   It’s a great win for Clarke and a great story in the world of golf.  Clarke lost his wife to breast cancer 5 years ago and it had been 10 years since Clarke last contended in a major.  Golf has now had 12 different winners in the last 12 majors.  What does this say about the sport Tiger once dominated?  Do you think Clarke is poised to win more titles?


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