By David D. Dodge
Nearly five years ago, I recall a conversation I had with Adam Turtletaub, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & International Programs at SCCE, when he told me that many sports organizations will “continue sweeping matters of wrongdoing under the rug until that response no longer works for them.” Adam and I had been discussing why sports organizations in the U.S. had failed to develop effective compliance/ethics/integrity programs which are common in so many other businesses and industries.
I mentioned to him that I felt one of the reasons why sports leaders lagged behind many others was because they felt that sports were different and that traditional compliance programs just weren’t a good fit for them.
While the sports industry is seldom listed among the leading industries in the U.S., its impact on the U.S. economy is huge. According to writer Gwen Burrow in her piece entitled, Not Just a Game: The Impact of Sports on the U.S. Economy,” the sports industry as a whole brings in roughly $14.3 billion in earnings a year … and contributes 456,000 jobs. The sports sector, in other words, packs a wallop.” [Read more…]