My research paper is on athletic general managers and how they go about getting to their position, which is a question I am very interested in. Some questions arise when it comes to NBA GMs and NFL GMs, for example do they need to have a background in playing the sport to quickly rise up in the ranks, or do they need to be a retired player to be looked at more important than others. Some aspects I already know about the general manager role is that having a background playing the sport helps, but you didn’t need to be the starting point guard at Kentucky to be looked at as a serious candidate. In some cases you just have to have a great amount of knowledge, for example recognizing talent in college, discussing contracts with players agents, and hoping players are a good fit. In the gale research website I came across an article about the 49ers new GM John Lynch,Stroud, Rick. “LYNCH IS SURPRISE HIRE AS 49ERS GM; Former Bucs safety has no experience in the front office.” Tampa Bay Times [St. Petersburg, FL], 30 Jan. 2017, p. 1. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A479315605/OVIC?u=salt89600&xid=26b9079a. Accessed 7 Feb. 2017 ,and how he has no office experience but is a college legend in the game of football and I believe the college legend plays a bigger role than having experience in managing a team. This goes to prove my point and how owners of teams are more focused on the player side of athletics than smart management of a team. I can’t wait to keep searching this topic and find more examples of GM’s and the deciding process they go through.