Huh, well those journalists should at least wait until he plays his first game. Gillette stadium is sold out this weekend for the Revolution/Galaxy game just on the hope that Beckham's ankle will be better and he'll play. It was the hottest ticket in town and I'm thinking that at every game where the LA Galaxy plays will be sold out this year.
The same journalists are ruining our sport. Every sport has caught cheaters, but journalist seem to love calling for the Tour to Stop, teams to crumble, cycling leagues to disband. Yet, fans will continue to line up by the millions to watch and we now have a great antidoping momentum shift. Even after the Festina affair, Festina stated how much the sponsorship had increased sales years AFTER the incident. Fans boot the bad seed riders who are caught but don't think ill of the sponsoring companies or sport.
You know what, there were a bunch of athletes caught at the Athens Olympics doping - we should stop the Beijing Olympics and no company should sponsor that sorry excuse for a sporting event.
-why is it only cycling gets this treatment.
Your right... Not even a full game is in and the Hype is already faultering... For the investement, all of the league games, not just the galaxy, have to sell out. The payoff requires a sustained hype, and a past prime "face" man simply isn't going to build the bridge to success that's required for financial viability... The national sizzle needed to last a bit. It hasn't, and sports marketing firms are already laughing at the sales job done to pull it off.
I agree that the media pump things up. It's the same for all things, not just cycling.
Anyone thinking Cyclings troubles are media hyped
Anyone thinking that cyclings troubles are media created
Cycling gets treated as it deserves to be treated (I'm not saying it's treated equally to other sports, I am saying it's treated as it deserves...). If it had developed a stronger more honest core, it would be at a different level, it would be run differently and more people would be held accountable. It hasn't and so this is what it and it's fans get...
And not all Media are David Walsh. Some of us are just as heart broken as any fan.
As for Disco / Tailwind management, this is simply a business decision. This thing has been a bit of a gravy train. Rather than watching it slow down and the wheels possibly fall off, they are taking the decision not to see it through and move to a less profitable, more sporting venture.
At days end, I wish there were more desire to stick with it, but I understand how much more work and risk is involved. They didn't mind surfing the Lance Armstrong wave, but don't have teh heart to run a simple cycling team...
The fall out from the combination of Lance leaving and doping has been rolling for a year or so in the industry and sport... This is just a part of it.