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Home Field Advantage

business communication Jun 23, 2024

Home field advantage could be about the comforts of home, not having to travel or the familiarity of a particular setup.

Home field advantage is also measurable in sports.

Through the first half of the 2024 season the Seattle Mariners have one of the best home field advantages in baseball. They’ve won about 69% of their games at T-Mobile Park, which is ranks in the Top 5 home winning percentages in Major League Baseball.

But what gives them the edge? Is it ball park dimensions, fans or the weather/environment?

Here’s what I find interesting about all three of those factors – the players aren’t in control of any of them. You can’t change how a ballpark was built, you can’t tell fans how to react and you can’t control the weather and yet those external factors all play a part in the outcome of a game.

With that in mind, let’s think about this in the context of your team at work.

  • What factors give you an advantage?
  • How can you create an advantage in your current environment?

If this isn’t something you’ve discussed as a team or company, it could be worth a conversation or a little brainstorming. Being able to articulate the advantage can help create buy-in, ensure people are moving in the right direction and utilizing the right resources.

This is just one of the ways you can use sports small talk and sports coverage to spark bigger conversations at work.


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