Issue 100: SportsPro’s 10 Scandals

SportsPro has now been in print for ten years and 100 issues. To commemorate that landmark we’ve created the SportsPro 100, an in no way comprehensive list of things that have coloured our history. As we continue our count to 100, here are our ten-era-defining scandals.

Issue 100: SportsPro’s 10 Scandals

As we continue our 100th issue celebration here is an in no way comprehensive list of the scandals that have coloured our history.

91. Lance Armstrong's doping admission

In 2013 the disgraced cyclist came clean to Oprah Winfrey about using performance enhancers throughout his landmark career.

What was said...

Lance Armstrong finally admitted to Oprah Winfrey that the seven titles he had won in cycling’s Tour de France – not to mention the many other accolades and endorsements he had accrued through a glittering career after fighting back from cancer – had been built on a lie. He had, as was increasingly suspected, taken performanceenhancing drugs to pull clear of the competition

SportsPro, 2018

92. Larry Nassar

In 2017 it emerged that National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Olympic national team doctor abused hundreds of girls and young women in his time as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics and MSU.

What was said...

Perhaps most troublingly, the year began under a cloud of historic child abuse cases across UK sport and ended with the horrifying details of Larry Nassar’s prolific sexual assaults on young athletes, most of them minors, while a doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics

SportsPro, Global Sports Investigation, 2018

93. NCAA basketball corruption

Agents were found to have offered inducements to amateur college players over several years in 2018.

What was said...

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules

Mark Emmert, NCAA President, Yahoo Sports, 2018


94. Fifa corruption

Sepp Blatter’s empire came tumbling down after an FBI investigation into soccer corruption in 2015.

What was said...

Indictments handed down to more than 40 high-ranking officials and marketing executives by US federal authorities in May of 2015 sent shockwaves across world soccer. The investigation centred on schemes in the Americas spanning 24 years and involving at least US$150 million in bribes, and last year saw the first trial in what has come to be known as the 'Fifa-gate' scandal

SportsPro, Fifa's big year, 2018

95. Indian Premier League spot fixing

Indian cricket kingpin Lalit Modi was placed at the centre of a network of conflicts of interest during the 2013 scandal that rocked the IPL.

What was said...

The damaging spot-fixing case in 2013 resulted in various arrests of star players, sponsorship withdrawals and two-year suspensions.

SportsPro, Smartening up, 2018

96. Essendon doping scandal

Australian rules football team Essendon gave banned substances to their players throughout 2012.

What was said...

We let down out players and their families... there are no excuses... As CEO I am accountable...

Ian Robson, former Essendon CEO, The Age, 2013

97. Petrobras catstrophe

The Petrobras bribery affair brought low Brazil’s government, wrecked its economy and cast a pall over its World Cup and Olympics.

What was said...

A US$2.5 billion bribery scandal involving the state oil company, Petrobras, and its main contractors has implicated many of the country’s leaders and fundamentally undermined the economy

SportsPro, On Rio's shores, 2016

98. The McLaren Report

The report uncovered years of statebacked doping in Russia.

Dumfounding claims of a state-sponsored doping programme the like of which sport had never seen. The sensational revelations, first detailed in Richard McLaren’s damning report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2016

SportsPro, Russian goals, 2018

99. Lamine Diack bribery case

Senegalese businessman accused in 2017 of securing cash for Rio 2016 votes.

What was said...

Brazilian Olympic Committee president and Rio 2016 head Carlos Nuzman was arrested and accused of arranging more than US$2 million in bribes to Lamine Diack, a former International Olympic Committee member, in order to win hosting rights for Rio for the 2016 event

SportsPro, 2017 in review

100. 'Deflate-gate'

The ball-tampering episode drove a wedge between the NFL and its biggest star, Tom Brady, was suspended for four games by league commissioner Roger Goodell.

What was said...

When it comes to competitive violations, those are very important, obviously, to us ... the appeal of our game is that we are all playing by the same rules. When somebody seeks to gain an advantage outside of those rules, that's something that has to be addressed

Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, Business Insider, 2015