I have a question about the usage of "to start the season/week" in a couple of articles:
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced on his Facebook page that he is no longer going to fight his four-game suspension stemming from Deflategate in the legal system. He will serve the suspension to start the season.
The Dow rose 33.07 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 12,878.20. It has not closed higher since May 19, 2008, four months before the financial crisis. The Dow is about 10 percent below its all-time high. The average fell 17 points to start the week.
Usually, the pattern "do actionX to do action Y" means actionX is performed in order to make actionY happen. But that is not quite the meaning in the two examples above. In the first article, the suspension would not be causing the season to start; it was more likely that the suspension was served at the start of the season. So, it is more like one event happening along side another, not cause-and-effect.
Same thing with the second example. The dow jones falling 17 points did not cause the week to start. It is more like in the first day or two of the week, the dow jones fell.
What do native speakers think? Could it be that the examples in the news articles were poorly written? Would the following rewrite:
...When the season starts, he will serve the suspension.
...At the start of the week, the average fell 17 points.