front office


Definition of front office

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

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Many fans blame the team's poor performance on bad decisions made by the front office.
Recent Examples on the Web This is the time of relative calm for Sachin Gupta and the rest of the Timberwolves front office. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "As NBA draft nears, Wolves expect trade calls to intensify," 7 Nov. 2020 All this logically muddles job security from the top of the front office to the bottom of the practice squad. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Another meltdown! Chargers give up TD as time expires in loss to Denver Broncos," 1 Nov. 2020 Hinch, 46, interviewed with general manager Al Avila on Thursday and spent the entire day in Detroit with him and other members of the front office. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers hire A.J. Hinch as new manager," 30 Oct. 2020 What does the future of the front office look like without Moneyball? Susan Slusser,, "A’s Mailbag: If Beane leaves, what’s next? Will Semien stay? Is team’s window closed?," 27 Oct. 2020 It’s not certain whether Washington, 68, is a candidate or even a fit in the eyes of the Sox front office. Mark Gonzales,, "Column: The Chicago White Sox — with an outrageously talented core — must find their perfect manager. No decision in the Jerry Reinsdorf era is more important.," 18 Oct. 2020 While many fans may be quick to criticize Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Rodriguez noted those decisions are often made in concert with the analytics staff and front office personnel — if not an edict from above. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Alex Rodriguez critical of New York Yankees' Game 2 pitching decision: 'It was a mistake'," 8 Oct. 2020 Darryl Plandowski has a new job in hockey three days after winning the Stanley Cup as part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's front office. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes add Stanley Cup-winning executive to hockey front office," 2 Oct. 2020 In the front office of the Utah Jazz, the news of Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith’s purchase of the club was bittersweet. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Analysis: The Miller family was a fine steward of the Utah Jazz, but Ryan Smith will bring new opportunities," 28 Oct. 2020

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Front office.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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

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