Archive for the ‘Sports Reputation’ Category

Lance Armstrong, From Successful Cyclist…to Dope Dealer?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Lance Armstrong was once famous for being the most decorated cyclist that the sport had ever seen, but now he is infamously noted for three intolerable acts: doping, money laundering, and running one of the most “sophisticated doping rings.” Stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, what will this say for Armstrong’s future, the future of the sport, and his doping doctor?

Like doctor like patient, Armstrong has been banned from cycling for life, and his Italian doctor, Dr. Michele Ferrari, has been banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation. Ferrari has been linked to at least 15 more cyclists. Other cyclists cited under Ferrari’s care: Giro d’Italia winners Michele Scarponi and Denis Menchov, and even Olympian Alexandre Vinokourov.  The athletes are now under severe investigation by the USADA for usage of doping measures to enhance their performance.

The pot continues to thicken now that some of Armstrong’s greatest supporters feel the cyclist pulled the wool over their eyes. Connie and Daniel Roddy did all they could to support Livestrong donating and raising large sums of money for Armstrong’s cause.  The Roddy’s felt a personal connection to Armstrong’s foundation because Connie Roddy had survived cancer. However, they now feel like they were “hoodwinked,” and want their money back.

The industry could suffer a major turn due to Armstrong’s selfish and unfathomable behavior.  ”This industry can only survive with big international firms, and the way the sponsors now are responding to this situation is certainly not good,” Harold Knebel , general manager of Rabobank cycling team commented referring to the recent scandal. However, we have seen other sports prevail in the wake of a drug scandal.

Only time will tell regarding the future of Armstrong’s widely successful foundation and the fate of other cyclists and athletes alike. However, one thing’s for certain, cycling did not start with Lance Armstrong, and it certainly will not end without him.

Update: The Straw that Broke the NFL’s Back?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

If you read my recent post, The Straw that Broke the NFL’s Back?, or if you don’t live under a rock, you know about the NFL referee strike and the issues with the replacement refs. Fortunately, the prayers of fans, coaches and players everywhere have been answered: NFL referees are back and the replacement refs are out. The league must have listened to our advice because they finally confirmed a deal with the officials’ union. After three long weeks of stubbornly refusing to budge, the regular officials will return for Thursday night’s game between the Browns and the Ravens. Although they have come to an agreement, the deal must still be ratified by the 121 members of the NFLRA and the vote will be taken this Friday. The officials will receive a pay increase and the ability to be hired as full-time employees, but we will have to wait for the full details to follow.

“The long-term future of our game requires that we seek improvement in every area, including officiating. The teams, players and fans want and deserve both consistency and quality and officiating.” -Commissioner Roger Goodell

…Couldn’t have said it better myself!

The Straw that Broke the NFL’s Back?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

NFL fans, coaches and players were up in arms Monday night when the Seahawks beat the Packers after the bizarre call that was (seemingly) heard around the world. Even Seattle fans could admit that the last-minute touchdown call was clearly mistaken. But this is not the first time something like that has happened this season. After plenty of bad calls made by replacement refs, this incident seems to be the tip of the iceberg for the NFL.

Seahawks vs Packers – Controversial Call

Replacement referees, some amateur and some from NCAA, were brought in early in the season while the regular NFL refs remain on strike due to a labor dispute.  Many people argue that pro football refs are the only officials who know and can handle the game. The referees are holding out to keep their “old school” pension plan, which would cost the league about $16 million. This number is relatively small, considering the NFL is worth about $10 billion in annual revenue. The NFL clearly has the funds, so why would they continue to taunt us with replacement refs who are simply uninformed and inexperienced?

Maybe some NFL fans consider this huge blunder a blessing in disguise, forcing the National Football League to reconsider. As Monday night’s controversial call demonstrated, the cost of getting hung up on pension maters could cost the NFL far more than $16 million.

The NFL is turning a game that Americans love into a joke. Professional football is losing its credibility because the league is too stubborn to make a financially-insignificant deal to such a small, yet significant group of people. In order to regain the allegiance and validity, the NFL must come to an agreement with the referees before their fans and players walk out, too.

Evergreen Expertise – Karen Kessler on Scandal Redemption

Friday, May 4th, 2012

We just wanted to inform everyone about a great article in the Sports section of today’s USA Today, titled “Can Bobby Petrino, Jim Tressel travel road to redemption?

The article is great because 1)it deals with an interesting topic in the world of reputation management and 2)our very own Karen Kessler has been tapped to give her input on the issue!

Props to Karen for giving some amazing advice! Please click on the link above to read what she has to say.

Could Schiano Be Next at Penn State?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

In what would definitely be the most challenging job in his career; could Greg Schiano, current head coach of Rutgers University, take over the Penn State program? Should he?

Rutgers was once an embarrassment to the college football community and he was able to build them into a highly respectable program.

Greg Schiano has voiced interest in the past in the now vacant head coaching job at Penn State. Now that the job is vacant, some are saying he may be a perfect fit for it. His pedigree and proximity to the program would make sense in a purely football sense, and his image would help rebuild the reputation of the program.

But we must wonder, is the challenge here too great for Schiano? Would this be career suicide?