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Business Decisions and Football

Cincinnatti Bengals owner Mike Brown insisted that he won’t trade quarterback Carson Palmer, who wants to leave a really bad team. Palmer, who has four years left on his contract, told the team in January that he would retire if he’s not traded. ESPN radio has reported that Brown wants to teach Palmer a lesson, so he won’t trade him.

Huh? How does teaching Palmer a lesson help anyone? By not trading Palmer, the team and the fans lose an opportunity to get new players in a trade that could help the team. Now they get nothing. Is Brown making a good business decision or is he letting his inner alpha dog hurt the team?

Disclosure: As a 49er fan, I couldn’t care less about the Bengals but interesting case study.


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