American Sports Culture: Governance as a Game where everyone is a Player


It may seem so broad but governance can be compared to a sport or game, like football for instance. I had this perspective a couple of days ago when I tried to understand how immersed and supportive Americans are into sports. 9 out of 10 people I’ve talked to would either be interested in the weather or in sports.

Football is the most popular game in Ohio, as it is the home of the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Another game which I am able to witness is ice hockey wherein the Columbus Blue Jackets is the main team to watch for. Columbus Crew is Ohio’s only soccer team, which is in hotseat today as it is expected to transfer to Texas which the residents would not want to happen.


So how about governance? Sports teams, like any other organization, are governed by people, rules and regulations. Internal and external factors affects its management with challenges and opportunities always ahead. Like government, sports teams have their field goals and scores to beat to win, and these goals make them move forward, practice being a fundamental aspect imbedded within its functionality. Mismanagement also occurs which results to the downfall of sports organizations. And like what people do with government, they are so immersed into its adrenaline-rushing action-packed cycle that they contribute tangible and intangible resources to.support them.


We also learn a lot from sports. Cooperation, humility, acceptance of defeat and standing up after a stumble are some of the values we realize are integral in ensuring the viability of teams. Governance also employs the same. Competitiveness provides fuel for stability and flexibility conforms an organization’s readiness for change.


So, are you ready to play the game, the governance game? Let’s win it! A government of the people, for the people and by the people, where every one has a role to play (cheerleading included).

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