Opinion

The world of business is no different to the sports field

Any game that's worth playing relies on the integrity of the players, writes Mark Barnes

21 June 2020 - 00:00 By Mark Barnes

Rules change behaviour. We have to find a balance somehow, between restriction and enablement, between boundaries and daring - on a playing field where fair play takes precedence over bias. Sound rules morph into traditions, and become the way things are done, whether the origins are known, or not, or matter.

I wonder how they determined the sizes and shapes of playing fields that we now take for granted? Why is a cricket field oval in shape with an acceptable field length range of 137m to 150m, or a tennis court rectangular, or a baseball pitch diamond-shaped? What first decided the heights of tennis, badminton or volleyball nets, or the width of a soccer goal (they're wide!) or the height of a basketball basket? What does it matter?..

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