What is it like to be an “owner?” How do you feel when your team loses especially to a team that is not as good as yours? How do you feel when you win especially when the team is better than yours? Since I sold these enterprises last year, I realize now the difference in perspective of a fan and an owner. I was an owner for so long, forty-six years; I had forgotten how fans feel.
But recently, I have observed how involved fans are in the ups and downs of their teams — and differently than the owners.
For example, just walking into the building before a game, I am thinking about:
- How many fans will be sitting in the seats?
- How many fans will be rooting for the other team?
- Is this player ready to come back after his injury?
- How good is the food in the stands?
- The carpeting in the suites needs changing…
Just about everything except the game itself. Now, I am sure that my husband, Abe, had different thoughts; I’m just giving you mine.
When the players come out on the floor to begin stretching and shooting, I am looking for any one missing and then wondering why, hoping he is just late and will be coming out. I am watching the players on the other team come over and hug some of our guys and remembering that they are all part of “big family.” They have played together on several teams and are good friends. But, then they get out on the floor and never hesitate to crash into each other if necessary to get the ball up court.
These are just some of my thoughts; lots more. It has been a wonderful experience being a part of that world; professional sports.
And, a woman in a “man’s” world.