So George W. Bush was in Japan this past week. A day after throwing out the first pitch before Game 3 of the Nippon Series, Bush dropped by Waseda University to give a speech to students at Waseda University School of Sport Sciences.
His advice, to future sports management students, on running a successful sports franchise included the following keys (via the Associated Press):
- Make sure the stadium has a pleasant environment
- Hire "good baseball people" for the front office
- Treat the media "as an ally"
- Don't take things personally
- Take responsibility
Ok, so not really rocket science here.
And maybe I shouldn't dignify Bush's visit with a post like this, but Japanese baseball news is still Japanese baseball news.
Incidentally, the AP article also mentions that there were protesters outside Tokyo Dome during Game 3 carrying signs that said, "Arrest Bush," and "The King of War."