Manning and Irsay’s separation serves as a model for all sports teams

Manning and Irsay hug at their news conference.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and Quarterback Peyton Manning handled their separation in the classiest of ways.

Their news conference showed that not only did they have the greatest respect for each other but for the fans as well.  A remarkable juxtaposition to the way Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Team owners often infuriate their supporters when having to let go a player of Manning’s status. But the way they handled this announcement is a model for all sports teams. Clearly these two men worked together to solve a difficult challenge. The outcome is a testament to the quality of their character. They both recognize this is about the business of football, while balancing the human impact the separation would have on Manning and the city of Indianapolis. Bravo under difficult circumstances.

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About Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is a marketing and communications executive who proactively manages corporate reputations and builds brands. Matt is the Vice President and Managing Director of R&R Partners, a marketing and communications agency ranked among top 50 in U.S. by Adweek. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of R&R Partners. View all posts by Matt Silverman

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