From locker room to boardroom: 9 sports terms bowling over business

Sports terminology has invaded the workplace

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By Glenn Cullen

The cynics will tell you that sport is mostly business these days. When you see footballers change codes as frequently as their socks and tennis player Bernard Tomic telling a reporter he doesn't care about tanking a point because he's worth a lazy A$10 million at just 23, you can understand the comparison.  

But it’s not all one-sided: as surely as sport is business, sports terminology has in turn invaded the workplace. Try going through a week without “keeping your eye on the ball”, or “rolling with the punches”. Here, we explain some of the more popular sports terms – and how they relate to business.

1. The ball's in your court

In tennis, the ball is on your side of play and you have to hit it back to stay in the point.

It’s like when the Australian Taxation Office debt recovery officer tells you “the ball is in your court” after you’ve failed to lodge a proper BAS statement in three years. At that point, the likelihood of you being out of a job soon is considered a …

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