Posts Tagged ESPN

First Amendment & Fools on Twitter

“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” ESPN said in a statement. In his classes and talks on ethics to those in both the sports world and corporate world, Chuck Gallagher, president of Sports Ethics LLC, routinely includes discussions on the social media. There are millions of ways to ruin a career especially in sports where the window is so narrow. One of the easiest things to do is to say something really dumb on the social media. Among athletes, Twitter is the fool’s […]

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Sorry “NFL Insider,” Not This Time

We live in a hyper-charged world of media frenzy combined with a lack of privacy. Placed together with an inflammatory story, it can create an explosive situation. I use the word “explosion” with intent, because that is what Jason Pierre-Paul did to his hand with fireworks. I am not angry at Jason Pierre-Paul as are some football fans. At this point, his family, his agent, his coaches and teammates are angry at him enough. Of course, the guy who is the angriest, the most disgusted, the most shamed, is Jason […]

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Don’t Need My Thanks, but Thank You

Rams Defensive Ends William Hayes and Chris Long do not need my thanks. In fact, no one does. That said, I will begin this blog by saying that if you want to read a remarkable and well-written story, please refer to Elizabeth Merrill’s piece on entitled: “Rams DEs Chris Long, William Hayes confront homelessness in St. Louis.” Ms. Merrill details the decision by two professional football players, coming from two very different backgrounds, to explore homelessness by living on the streets of St. Louis for a full day. They saw what […]

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Sports Ethics: Deflate-gate, Deflated

Tom Brady Deflate-gate

Could we be the last people to comment on “the report” and the probable deflation of the New England Patriots game balls? Hopefully, yes. In case anyone believes we know something that you don’t; we don’t. As a public service (and our guess is as good as yours), here is how we see this whole thing unfolding: The NFL will come around to saying something about Brady; we figure it will cost Brady between 2 and 4 games. A lot of New England fans will rant and rave. That’s what […]

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The Price of Poor Ethics: Rory versus Tiger

Tiger Woods

Darren Rovell, the excellent Sports Business reporter for wrote an interesting article on the current marketability of golfer Rory McIlroy verses Tiger Woods. Rovell quotes a Sports Business Daily survey of 43 marketing firms. Tiger now ranks third in marketability behind McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. Justification and complication There are many possible arguments in place for why Tiger has slipped. He is older, that is true, so he doesn’t appeal as much to a younger generation. He was injured and had surgery. His skills have slipped, and it’s no […]

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Just when I think it can’t get worse


It is not a huge, national sports story. It has nothing to do with Deflate-gate, Tiger Woods shooting an 82 or the upcoming Super Bowl and Marshawn Lynch and his media day circus. This little story, in its own way, is bigger than all of the other stories I mentioned above. On January 28, 2015, (Larry Brown Sports), ran the following story: “Father and son allegedly attack coach over playing time.” The story is a reflection of entitlement, parental interference, lack of respect for authority, violence and it sums […]

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Bill Simmons, Rihanna and Superman’s Cape


“You don’t tug on Superman’s cape/You don’t spit into the wind/You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger/And you don’t mess around with Jim,” Jim Croce, “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” (1972) About two weeks ago, at the very height of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, CBS decided to pull a song by Rihanna (“Run This Town”) on Thursday night football. The network didn’t like its “energy,” and they didn’t like re-introducing the fact that Rihanna, herself, had been the victim of domestic violence. The following […]

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