Professional sports are like many other industries. The goals of management and employees are not always aligned.
The staff – in the case of professional sports, the players – are looking to perform as well as possible, while also looking to gather as much wisdom as possible in their current position so that they can continue to improve. Management wants employees to do those things, but always wants it done in a way that manages costs and maximizes profits.
The way in which the final part is reached varies across professions, but within sports it means that it is in the best interest of the organization to lose the games. That was most certainly the case with the Carolina Panthers and the Utah Jazz.
Their goals were not the same at the beginning of their respective seasons. The Jazz eliminated the two best players and all of their key contributors, with the exception of Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley. In Charlotte, the Panthers saw the path to the playoff berth in a weak NFC with a solid defense and the return of Christian McCaffrey, so they secured 2018 No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield in a trade to play midfield position. What was sent in that deal, in contrast to what the Jazz received in exchange for Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the price comparison was a bike to a Mercedes-Benz.
After six games, the Panthers turned out to be in the same position as the Jazz – arguably the worst team in the league. So they went for a full sale and traded McCaffrey for the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday, the Panthers’ next game, they played divisional rivals Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a dominating performance, with former XFL defender PJ Walker dominating Tom Brady.
In Salt Lake City, through three games into the 2022-23 NBA season, the Jazz are one of the four remaining unbeaten teams. They beat one of the Western Conference pre-season favorites – the Denver Nuggets – in their season opener, and secured two tough extra-time wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans. Lauri Markkanen is playing one of the best basketballs of his life – averaging 24 points per game – Clarkson is still a threat to get hot at any moment, and the Jazz is still just playing a good striker. their best under 20 minutes per game. The last season that Collin Sexton did not have to play early due to injury, he averaged 24.3 points per game with 47.5 / 37.1 / 81.3 splits.
The prize for the No. 1 pick overall in the NFL and NBA is really big in 2023. The best quarterback prospect is Bryce Young, who is a last shot like Patrick Mahomes from Hendon Hooker and still doesn’t. defeated and top prospect Patrick Wembanyama of France, the basketball player is literally like no other.
Panthers and Jazz management are right to think these two players could quickly turn them into one of the more suitable professional franchises, but when their interests clash with employees, so many players. currently ranked will probably not join the team that will win the final prize: 1st Choice.
Losing is not fun at any level of competition. No one wants to practice, then use game energy to appear over and over again. Even athletes who make a lot of money, their competitiveness is a big part of why they are professionals. Also, knowing that the bad teams they’re on are likely not going to be the end of their careers, they need to keep playing as well as they can in order to continue to have a great success. The lucrative career while the terrible team they currently play for may or may not reach their rising goal.
In the NBA, the Western Conference is the heaviest tournament with about many good teams as well as playoff slots, so Jazz will most likely be drawn. If they end up with one of the four worst records, they will have the best odds on the 1st overall pick, and if they have the fifth worst record, they have a 12.5% chance against 14. For all of that Jazz’s lineup is lacking, they have veteran talent, and Danny Ainge may have to find a way to strip away some of that veteran experience to secure and anchor the Jazz to the bottom five. together.
The Panthers have lost five games, and before their upset Week 7 win, three consecutive losses are double digits. However, as bad as they’ve seen it, to be in the depths of the ocean the NFL will need to be properly sourced. The Houston Texans seem to be what they were predicted – the worst team in the league. Also, Detroit Lions’ hopes of change begin with a season of HBO entertainment Hard Knocks, was quickly dissipated. Alternatively, the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars could find themselves in that group of bad NFL teams.
Sure, the players are currently happy and productive employees for the Panthers and Jazz, but that doesn’t mean much for these franchises’ future profits. They need stars to build around, and next year two of the biggest players join both leagues.
Taking out one of those two is seen as a victory for the management, but all they can do is weed out the talent. In this profession, ironically instead of the management controlling the players’ contracts allowing them to move as quickly as the bosses see fit, what they have no control over is the way the players work. The players’ task is to play their best and try to win, despite their owners having to hide their disappointment with each victory.