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The dark days of Melanie Oudin

Updated: May 27, 2012, 4:40 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

The sports industrial complex is a ruthless machine, fueled by the Promethean concepts of legacies and television ratings and rivalries, popularity and success. It is, when taken from a particular point of view, nothing more than another product for profit, and against this reality of business, the 20-second timeout for the heartwarming human interest stories while the big boys settle in to take the stage can sound to the cynical ear more than a bit patronizing. Cash rules, and so, too, does winning. ...

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