Nick Markakis would have been an All-Star this season if his spot hadn't been taken by a player who was suspended this week as part of MLB's doping investigation. The Oriole right fielder's reaction contains lessons for leaders in all industries.
Doug Ulman knew this day was coming, the day that Lance Armstrong retired from cycling. In fact, Ulman, the CEO of Livestrong, had experienced it once before in 2005. What's different about Armstrong's retirement this time, though, is that he's now the subject of a federal investigation.
Every headline I’ve seen about the sport in the last two years has made some mention of the vast doping problem that’s driving the sport into the ground. Case in point: last Thursday’s front page of CNN.com, which reports that mustachioed cyclist Floyd Landis lost his final arbitration hearing over testing positive for synthetic testosterone during the 2006 Tour de France.
Just a few years ago, pro cycling was in its heyday. Lance Armstrong was a sports-journalism darling.