The question Are they playing ball?
might refer to children playing in the street, or to business people. In the case of business, the question means: Will they work with us?
There are many sports idioms used in business settings
that use a wide range of sporting vocabulary such as verbs used with sports
, fields and courts
, and so on. If you are in business, it's a good idea to get your game on
(make your best effort) and learn this vocabulary.