The sports world has been rocked by the arrest of six high ranking executives of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. The indictment confirms the corruption and unethical actions long suspected by many in the global soccer community.
Media outlets have sought out Center for Sport Leadership executive director Carrie LeCrom for context and perspective on one of the biggest sports scandals in history.
LeCrom was quoted in an Associated Press piece focusing on the U.S. sports marketing firms also caught up in the scandal.
Despite how widespread the bribery and kickback schemes appear to be in the indictment, corruption is not rampant in the sports marketing industry in the United States, suggested Carrie LeCrom, executive director of the Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“It’s not something we’ve commonly seen,” she said. “There’s some wining and dining as the price of business, but it’s not as overt as offering people bribes.”
In a Richmond-Times Dispatch column written by Paul Woody, LeCrom says the revelation of corruption is not biggest part of the story.
“What’s more surprising is something is going to be done about it,” said Carrie LeCrom, executive director of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU.
The column also mentions the CSL’s recent visit to FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Just last month, students and staff from the Center for Sport Leadership visited FIFA as part of our annual Europe Model of Sport trip. The CSL contingent even got to play soccer on the pitch located at the FIFA compound.