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Lance Armstrong's PR disaster

Lance Armstrong's PR disaster | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Lance Armstrong's doping admission to Oprah was a public relations nightmare in the making. While we can all agree that Lance would have been better-off not cheating at all (or at least confessing sooner), it's fairly clear that once he cheated and lied, he probably should have kept lying if he wanted to maintain his public standing.

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Sports journalism under scrutiny

Sports journalism under scrutiny | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Sports journalism has always inhabited a murky ethical zone that can make hard-news reporters uneasy. By nature of their jobs, sports reporters typically have a closer relationship with the players, coaches, venues and institutions they cover compared to their peers on the City Hall or crime beats. Their rules on everything from free food to fraternizing with sources are often more liberal than those for news reporters.

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Lance Armstrong admits doping

Lance Armstrong admits doping | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Lance Armstrong has admitted for the first time that he used steroids, EPO and PED during his cycling career. He claimed in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey that he would not have been able to win seven Tour de France titles without cheating, such was the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport at the time.

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The Guardian suggests that Oprah was the real dope for allowing Armstrong to evade answers to some of her questions, but I seriously doubt that any other broadcaster could have elicited a confession from the man. Forget the nitpicking over details, Armstrong has spilled the beans.

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Alex Martin's curator insight, January 9, 10:22 AM

I think this article gives a great example of a pro athlete who's career is now tarnished due to his use of steroids throughout his cycling career. Dating back to 1999, Lance has been given drug test after drug test. Even after failing multiple times, he began using his illness and rehabilitation as an excuse. Up until early 2013, Armstrong had denied all the alligations to steroids. In an interview with Oprah, he admitted to all the alligations, which included cheating on well over half of the drug tests.