Please, not only was Phil Liggett a semi-pro in his day (he gave up to go into media) he was actively commentating for:TheBean said:I think people should give PL a break.
His job is to provide a live play-by-play during races. That's it. He is employed by a company that broadcasts in the USA and maybe elsewhere.
During the LA years, cycling grew in popularity in the US at an incredible rate. Like it or not, a LOT of people made a LOT of money during the LA years and LA is almost singlularly responsible for that. The entire industry prospered from his popularity.
Had PL chosen to trash-talk LA prior to the confession, he would have ****ed off a lot of people and likely been canned.
I have enjoyed PL's reporting since I first heard him in 1987's Paris-Roubaix broadcast. I still enjoy his input, though I admit is seems Sherwin does more andmore to correct him as he is nowhere near as sharp as he used to be.
No matter what he truly believes, he's a broadcasting legend in the late autumn of his career.
If someone doesn't like his take on things, they can always turn the TV to mute and find some coverage on the radio to play along with the TV coverage.
'08 TdF (Ricco, Mayo, Piepoli, Schumacher, Kohl)
'07 TdF (Rasmussen, Vino)
'06 TdF (Landis)
'98 TdF (Festina)
'94 Fleche Wallonne (The Gewiss Farce)
'87 TdF (Roche)
'88 TdF (Delgado)
He knew exactly what he was watching. While sitting next to a former pro the whole time.