Not a Book Plug, Just Some Sports Ethics Observations


The book reviews 23 of the most “famous” sports scandals over the past 65 years. We give a detailed history for each scandal and then Chuck Gallagher, one of the nation’s leading ethics experts and sports ethics keynote speakers, discusses each case from an ethical perspective. Each example serves as an important lesson but more importantly it stirs conversation. Whether you are a D-I athlete, coach a MiLB team, play high school sports or are a member of an association or conference, each case is bound to cause meaningful, ethical […]

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NFL Viewership is Down: We Blame Poor Ethics


There is a lot of hand-wringing as the NFL is conceding that TV ratings are down for NFL games so far this season. The season is early, to be sure so we can only comment on the present and not make projections. Naturally, everyone who cares about these trends has an opinion. Some feel it’s the new rules, or it is a violation of laws; others believe the game has gotten boring and over-commercialized. Some believe it is all “Kaepernick’s fault,” while others point to the “Concussion” movie. Critics say […]

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Enough with Protest, Let’s Talk

Sports Ethics is not political and it cannot be biased, bent, swayed or manipulated. Sports Ethics cannot be media driven or beholden to sponsorships and endorsements. Sports Ethics does not stand for anyone’s national anthem nor does it sit, whine, beg or scream. Sports Ethics does not follow or favor a given team. Sports Ethics doesn’t care if your coach is named Lombardi or Belichick or Dungy, or if your favorite athlete was/is Serena or LeBron or Peyton or Wambach or Steph. Sports Ethics is. So it bothers us when […]

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Ali Made Us Laugh, but He Was Never a Clown

Cosell and Ali

There was an old debate from back in the day: did Cosell help elevate Ali’s career or did Ali help elevate Cosell’s career? The wise money was always on “both.” Some might find it ironic and all: a white, middle-aged Jew and a black, youthful Muslim with inter-twining lives, somehow elevating one another. I did not find it ironic at all. They needed each other and they respected each other. Were an aged Cosell alive today, I have no doubt he would have been the first in line to offer […]

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Rachelle Thompson: Power over Ethics?

Rachelle Thompson

It isn’t a question of “Who is Rachelle Thompson?” It is a matter of “What have collegiate sports created in encouraging Rachelle Thompson?” As for the “who,” it is easy to find a biography in the PSU media guide. Prior to joining the Penn State coaching squad in 2011, she had quite an impressive career. A product of Auburn (she graduated summa cum laude in 2004), she was a two-time Auburn University Assistant Coach of the Year over an 11 year career at that school, produced four NCAA All-Americans and […]

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Bad Blood, One Punch, Sanitized Sports

Baseball Fight

We are fairly certain that “officially” Rougned Odor of the Rangers will probably be coerced into apologizing to the media and fans of MLB. He landed a clean, Tyson-worthy punch to the noggin of Jays Jose Bautista last Sunday, after he was nearly taken out by a legal but hard slide. The punch was not about the slide. It was about bad blood between the two teams going back to last season’s playoffs and an idiotic bat flip. If baseball were an animal, it would be an elephant on steroids. […]

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Given a Choice, We Believe the Kids

Jerry Sandusky

Given a choice, we believe the kids – and though we don’t want to create a firestorm, we believe the voices of the boys who have endured sexual abuse and have been silenced by bullies, predators, big money and idiots. Who we don’t always believe are over-invested, over-hyped alumni fanatics. We love our colleges and universities and the aspects of those institutions that have made them great. We appreciate children even more. Ethically, we never try to confuse what is important from what is “nice.” We have long admired Joe […]

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The Kristaps Porzingis, Kent Bazemore Ethical Staredown

Bazemore Porzingis

Sports Ethics is not about taking easy paths. It is not about political correctness, looking for controversies that aren’t there, or claiming outrage where it does not exist. Sometimes there will be a “huge incident” in the world of sports that everyone is talking about and Chuck and I will instead choose to post blogs or write articles about (seemingly) minor incidents that appear as little blips running across the media radar screen. Why don’t we always go along with the crowd? Because sometimes we need to look behind the […]

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Ethics Doesn’t Care That Pete Had 4,256 base hits

Pete Rose

The commissioner of Major League Baseball had a clear choice. He could have satisfied legions of fans, autograph hounds and several “on-air’s” by lifting the permanent ban on Pete Rose, or he could have taken the ethical route and respected the game enough to keep the ban in place. He chose ethics. Rob Manfred, not Pete Rose, is our hero. We are living in an era where people are more concerned with talking over each other rather than to each other and where the perception of good ethics are often […]

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Russell Wilson: Not too Big for his Ethics

The Seahawks organization is apparently having a problem with Russell Wilson. The word that has come down is that Wilson has become a “celebrity.” I have no idea what that means. It is like saying that every other franchise quarterback in the NFL is meek, quiet and invisible and only Wilson endorses products and has a good looking girlfriend. What this is about in our estimation is 4-5; the record of a team that is currently languishing in mediocrity. The organization has determined that if Wilson was back to making […]

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