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The Hero Business

Updated: February 19, 2013, 2:17 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

A week for falling stars.

The Oscar Pistorius murder charge was a hard punch in the stomach to anyone who still believes in heroes -- and another warning to those of us in the worldwide sports hero business. Because the distance he'll fall is exactly the height of the pedestal we built for him.

Just as there is in Hollywood and the movies and show business, in sports there's a global economy of mythic fictions. Sports runs on profitable illusions of heroism and goodness ...

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