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Bad Management

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Orleans Saints are facing major sanctions for their bounty program. The program involved paying players cash bonuses if they could injure targeted opposing players sufficiently to put them out of the game.

Sports reporters and commentators decry the practice as immoral and bad for the game, which is true.

The business commentator’s perspective is different. This is bad management.

Every business person knows that what you compensate is what you get. If you pay players to injure other players, you get players who injure other players.

If wounding other behemoths was the point of football, that would make great sense. The point of football is to score more points than the other guy. It’s easy to imagine a defensive tackle expending all of his energy trying to take out a quarterback’s knee in pursuit of a bonus just as some running back comes cruising by on this way to a touchdown.

The NFL has suspended the Saints’ coach for the season. Saints ownership should fire the coach for extreme stupidity.


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