front office


Definition of front office 

: the policy-making officials of an organization usually hyphenated when used attributively the front-office staff

Examples of front office in a Sentence

Many fans blame the team's poor performance on bad decisions made by the front office.

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Along with Smith, assistant coaches Charles Klask, Aaron Gray and video coordinator Jordan Brink (who remains part of the front office) encouraged Ellenson. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Coach O's words soothed Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson in trying year," 13 July 2018 Nelson wanted to bring Tolliver back, but got shot down by the front office, then got fired. Scott Ostler,, "Scott Ostler: Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots," 30 June 2018 He was reassigned as a special adviser and soon moved to the front office, returning for a cameo as coach in 2000, when Stottlemyre took a leave for cancer treatments. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Billy Connors, Yankee Pitching Guru, Is Dead at 76," 21 June 2018 Outfielder Josh Rojas will join pitchers Cionel Perez, Corbin Martin and Ryan Hartman were also selected by Texas League front offices, field staffs and beat reporters. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Seven Astros prospects tabbed for Texas League All-Star Game," 13 June 2018 There has been unrealized potential and, like all front offices, managerial misses. K.c. Johnson,, "20 years since dissolution of the dynasty, Bulls still a long way from the top," 10 June 2018 Logos and merchandise are on the way, as is a front office, coaching staff and team. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Pro Soccer Team Announced For Hartford, Set To Begin Play In 2019 At Dillon Stadium," 11 July 2018 The purpose of the exercise is to assess the players, not a front office working within a system designed to force regular turnover. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Current Hawks vs. former Hawks: Which team is better?," 6 July 2018 But how does a front office prepare for the most impactful period in sports? San Antonio Express-News, "Off Topic: Talking NBA front office moves with Stu Jackson," 16 June 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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: the people who manage a business or organization (such as a professional sports team)

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