The Culture of Sport and Cheating

Texas Program in Sports and Media panel addresses athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs

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Addressing the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication's Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) hosted a panel discussion titled "The Culture of Sport and Cheating." The panel, which was free and open to the public, took place on Oct. 23.

Panelists discussed recent enforcement efforts within the World Anti-Doping Code, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and U.S. Federal prosecutions.

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Panelists included:

Tim Herman, partner, Howry, Breen & Herman LLP – Herman has more than 40 years experience as a commercial trial attorney, representing individuals and companies. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly magazine since 2004. In 2008, the Texas Civil Rights Project recognized Herman as a Pro Bono Champion. Among his clients is cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Bryan Daly, partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP – Daly co-chairs Sheppard Mullin's government contracts and white-collar defense practice groups. He is a former assistant U.S. attorney – Criminal Division, Fraud and Public Corruption Section. Chambers USA has recognized him as one of the nation's top white-collar defense attorneys since 2004. He coordinated the federal defense efforts in the U.S. Government's investigation of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

David Ulich, partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP – Ulich leads Sheppard Mullin's Non-Profit Sector Team. He advises the Foundation for Global Sports Development, which works closely with the International Olympic Committee to promote fair and drug-free competition at all levels of sports. Ulich also researched the use of performance-enhancing substances by former East German athletes, contributing to "Faust's Gold: Inside the East German Doping Machine," by panel moderator Steven Ungerleider.

Mark Fainaru-Wada, reporter, ESPN – Fainaru is an investigative reporter credited with exposing the steroid scandal case known as BALCO. With his San Francisco Chronicle colleague Lance Williams, Fainaru-Wada wrote "Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports," a New York Times best seller. He has received the George Polk Award, Edgar A. Poe Award, Dick Schaap Excellence in Journalism Award and an Associated Press Sports Editors award.

Juliet Macur, sports reporter, The New York Times – Since 2004, Macur has covered Olympic sports, doping and legal issues. Her projects have included a series called "Countdown to Beijing," which examined the sports machine in China before the 2008 Summer Olympics. Macur's work has received honors from the National Press Club, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and the New York Press Club. Her work has been anthologized twice in the "Best American Sports Writing" series.

Jill Sterkel, former competitive swimmer, Olympic gold medalist – Sterkel made her debut at the Montreal 1976 Olympics, capturing the hearts of Americans by claiming her first gold as a member of the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team. Eight years later, she received another gold medal in the same event at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics. The three-time Olympic team captain (1980, 1984 and 1988) capped off her career by winning two bronze medals at the Seoul 1988 Olympics.

Dr. Steven Ungerleider, sports psychologist – Ungerleider's work and his research archives were the subject of a PBS documentary titled "Doping for Gold," which was nominated for an Emmy. Since 1984, he has served on the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. He is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians, a founding trustee of Global Sports Development, co-chair of the Texas Program in Sports and Media advisory board and a former education and ethics committee member for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Marc Speir
Senior Content Producer