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How Nike Revives a Fallen Sports Star

Lance Armstrong said that the day that his doping caught up to him was a “a $75 million day,” because he lost the support of lucrative sponsors like Nike. But Nike never bailed on Tiger Woods, and now the golfer figures prominently in a new campaign.

This ad came out earlier this week and became an immediate YouTube hit. Right now, it’s closing in on seven million views:

Can Armstrong ever get his sponsors back? Nike CEO Phil Knight won’t rule it out, but that’s a lot different than saying he’ll bring him back.

As the WSJ points out, there’s a substantial difference between Woods’s off-the-course cheating and Armstrong’s cheating, so it’s hard to see the sports giant ever coming back again. Especially when Nike based entire ad campaigns on Armstrong’s innocence.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik