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Old 07-18-2007, 11:21 PM   #105
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Default Re: Vick indicted

T.H. - my bet is a lot of us have treasured memories of dogs such as yours.

Vick is toast with anyone who ever has had a dog or knows someone who has - that is a lot of people.

The NY Times has a good article on this:

Mike Paul, a sports marketing executive in New York who has counseled athletes on how to handle crises, believes Vick must quickly explain his side of the story publicly if he is to salvage his reputation.

?There are few affinities that touch everybody: people who have kids and, second to that, is people who have pets,? Paul said. ?The teams are going to learn how powerful this affinity is between people and their pets.?

But Neil Schwartz, the director of business development for SportsOneSource, a company in Princeton, N.J., that studies the sporting goods industry, said it may be difficult for Vick to recover from such serious charges.

?Americans are incredibly forgiving people,? Schwartz said. ?But there are certain things people won?t overlook. This is one of them. Steroid use, I think people will overlook it. Drug use, our athletes get a lot of chances. But the P.R. from this is going to be horrible. This could be one of the all-time worst errors in judgment in the history of errors in judgment.?
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