This post is by Michael Pollock, the original owner of Small Business Branding. Yaro Starak now owns and produces the latest content for this blog.
Ever wondered what goes through the mind of an owner of a multi-million dollar sports franchise just after his team was knocked out of the playoffs?
"There is nothing tougher than being in the locker room after losing in the playoffs, particularly this year. Every
man on the roster knew we were capable of playing better than we did. We knew we gave them 3 games that we had won.
In the locker room after the game, it all hits you at the same time.
"There is nothing you can say to players with tears welling in their eyes or rolling down their cheeks. You can put
your arm around them. You can tell them how much you care about them.
"The players know just how fragile every part of their careers are. You just dont know where things will go from
here. There are any number of outside elements that impact the physical and business side of basketball, which
makes a lost opportunity all the harder to deal with.
"It hurts. It hurts that nght. You cant sleep. It hurts the next day. The only feeling that can I compare it
to is the one you get breaking up with a girlfriend. Your emotions are tied up for 8 months in the season and
when its over. It hurts."