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Performance Enhancing Drug Tests? I Thought Those Didn't Work!

Jake FishbeinContributor IMay 27, 2008

Well the title is a bit over the top but not so much. Recently I read an article on ESPN about performance enhancing drugs, in baseball mainly, but incorporating other sports as well (here the link http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?id=3408399) and i thought it was important to comment on it. It seems to me that yes there are no concrete drug tests to detect undetectable drugs but according to the article the drugs have a profound effect on the bodies natural chemistry so in a test it is possible to tell if someone is using but not necessarily what they are using. I find this encouraging to the sports community but then comes the tricky part. These differences seem only the be detectable in blood and all of the major American Sports do NOT do blood tests, why I have no idea. If the sports wanted to rid themselves of the steroid problem you would think they would be jumping at the opportunity to do so. Instead, it seems to me that the major sports, Baseball at the forefront now, only care for appearances sake. The policies they have implemented make it look like they are doing something while they are only hiding the problem more and hoping it goes away. Yes, they catch a few guys, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens but didn't we all notice the Mitchell Report only reported on occurrences that happened before 2003 and before there was a rule in the sport? To me the report was inconclusive and did not really help the sport but to show a percentage of players who were using.

    I do not think this helps at all! It is important to either rid the sport of steroids or for management to release a statement saying that they will do nothing to end it and in fact endorse its usage. Steroids bring the HRs and fans love to see HRs. Baseball is not about the sport but about money and making the fans happy not about a fair work environment for the employees. Sometimes I feel that we forget pro-Baseball is a job and that people are actually paid, although in extremely large sums of money, to work. The game is for the fans but first and foremost it is for the players. So at this point it seems as if performance enhancing drugs are here to stay in professional American sports until the management cares more about the sport than it does TV rights and money.

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