The doping controversy surrounding professional sports has become a more prevalent contemporary issue within sports over the last decade. Recent headlines have read, “Marion Jones Admits Steroid Use,” “Clemens, Pettitte named in Mitchell Report,” “Landis’ backup doping test also positive.” Headlines such as these have brought doping and performance enhancing drugs to the forefront of the sports world. The most recognizable sports targeted include Major League Baseball, Cycling and the Olympic Games. What are the implications of doping in the professional sports world? The moral and ethical implications are undeniable through the direct impact the integrity of the sport by altering the playing field. Sports icons and heroes are now being scrutinized for their lapse in judgment and professional accountability and will have last effects on sports as we know them today.
Seven-time Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong, brought cycling to the public eye. All the while, cycling has been the “sleeper” in the doping realm of sports. The 2006 Tour de France champion, Floyd Landis, status was revoked over alleged drug use. Landis was the first champion in the tour’s 103-year history to lose the tile due to doping (AP, 2006, August 5). In 2007, the 1996 champion, Bjarne Riis, admitted to doping during the 1996 race. The quandary is now who does the yellow jersey go to next? Both 1996 runner up Jan Ullrich and third place finisher Richard Virenque confessed to doping during their careers falling victim to the pressures of the sport.
Doping has plagued the cycling and sponsors are now abandoning the sport after years of investment and support. Sponsors feel the sport is tainted and with the doping epidemic, they are disassociating themselves from the controversial sport. On November 27, 2007, Deutsche Telekom announced effective immediately it was terminating its sponsorship with the Deutsche European... [continues]
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