Organizational Behavior in the National Football League
MT3250 Organizational Behavior
Dr. Carl Proehl
February 4, 2013
This paper will explore how people within the National Football League (NFL) interact with each other to reach their goals as a team, and an organization as a whole. Sports teams are defined as two or more individuals who possess a common identity, have common goals and objectives, share a common fate, exhibit structured patterns of interaction and modes of communication, hold common perceptions about group structure, are personally and instrumentally interdependent, reciprocate interpersonal attraction and consider themselves to be a group (Group Dynamics, 2004). There are many people within the National Football League that contribute to the goals of the teams and the whole organization. We will explore the behaviors, forms of communication, and team dynamics to see how employees and employers of the National Football League work together to reach each team’s full potential.
Sports are an intimate part of many people’s lives. Without it, many of us would not share certain relationships or bonds with people who like it as much as we do. Football is indeed my favorite sport to watch. From the touchdown dances to seeing a favorite player break a record, football is intense, exciting, and amusing to watch. Football teams can define the character of certain regions and places (Sports and Recreation, 2004). In good old Minnesota, we “bleed purple” and love our Minnesota Vikings. Although the Vikings have never won the Super Bowl, we still love them regardless because of their hard work and dedication to the sport and to the fans. The whole organization behaves in a manner that keeps the fans coming back for more, as do other National Football League teams around the United States. The National Football League and its teams need to have spot-on organizational skills. If there is not proper organizational behavior within a National Football League team, it makes winning and success come a lot harder. Just like any other business organization, everyone within the team must share the same goals and ideas to ensure the highest level of success.
The first known football game was played between two New Jersey Universities, Rutgers and Princeton, in 1869, evolving from the combination of soccer and rugby. In 1920, the National Football League was formed. In its early stages it was not as popular as college football, where football had originated, and did not become popular until well after college football began. With the creation of new rules and new teams is when its fan base and popularity grew. It became a huge moneymaker for our country, becoming America’s most popular sport to watch. It started out as quite a dangerous game because of the lack of protection for its players and the way the game was played. Helmets were available, but many men felt that wearing one would make them appear weak to their opponent. There were twenty-one deaths from football in 1904, and much of the public wanted to end the sport. It was then that the President, Theodore Roosevelt, stepped in because of his love of the sport. He felt sports were an important part of the college experience and wanted to make changes to the game to make it safer. He made an executive decision and told coaches and leaders of the teams that if they did not do something to make football safe, they would not be able to play it anymore. This lead to the creation of the NCAA (National College Athletic Association), but it took a few years for the new rules to begin. The invention of passing the ball, instead of just running with it, helped reduce injuries on the field because the players were more spread out than before. As a result of passing the ball becoming a rule, the actual football became smaller and easier to grasp and pass.
Before it was the National American Football League, it...
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