- Lance Armstrong
- Tiger Woods
- Maria Sharapova
- Joey Barton
All famous sports personalities, all united by talent and all united by having scandal attached. All appear in Sports Scandals – True Stories of Cheating, Corruption and Greed by Summersdale to be published later in 2016.
Everyone knows of the ‘big’ scandals: the Armstrong doping, the Woods sex life, the Black Sox / White Sox match-fixing of 1919 but researching this book brought up many many others. Some were smaller scale but utterly fascinating.
It made me watch sport with a different eye – was that penalty given on purely sporting grounds or with an eye to a betting syndicate somewhere offering money for such an event occurring at that time?
Many of sports’ biggest organisations: the IOC, FIFA, IAAF have sports scandals ongoing and their reputations are already damaged, perhaps fatally.