If you're curious how Lance Armstrong got away with cheating for 15 years or why Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend went unnoticed for five months, it's because sports reporters are really just starstruck fans, not hardcore journalists. How many times have you seen an infuriated coach dress down a member of the press? It happens all the time and they never stand up for themselves. Edward R. Murrow would not allow Tiger Woods to brush him off with a simple "That's a private matter." Why? Because he's a journalist. Chris Berman, on the other hand, is just a fan.
Sports reporters are really just fans with microphones.