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Tuesday, August 07, 2007
What if performance-enhancers were permitted?

Interesting article by Daniel Engber in Slate, playing a thought experiment: What would happen in professional sports (particularly baseball) if leagues permitted, and stopped testing players for, performance-enhancing drugs?

It is an interesting question whether we should simply accept what medical technology (like other human advances) can offer our sports.

Worth a read.


In football, the impact would be minimal except that speed players might gain an advantage competing against pursuing tacklers who have lost speed due to bulking up.

In baseball though you have to wonder if in a totally juiced world that home runs could become passe leading to the new construction to feature 1970's era concrete doughnut style fields with deep fences and large foul territories that make home runs more difficult and a bigger event, while rewarding faster spray hitters who can rack up singles.

We've seen it happen in golf course design. With new high tech drivers course obstacles designed to reward accuracy and punish inaccuracy became irrelevant as players just drove over them. New designs find the water and bunkers further down the fairway than in old times.

Blogger Mark -- 8/07/2007 2:49 PM  

My first impression would be that our big sports would look more like the WWE. By that I mean more spousal abuse and many athletes dropping dead before the age of 40 due to enlarged internal organs and heart failure.

Im sure even the speed-players would figure out a way to use roids to get faster after a little research... Ben Johnson anyone?

Blogger Jimmy H -- 8/07/2007 7:52 PM  


Theres also a good article on Doping in the latest issue of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer published by the ABA forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries.

"Balancing the Eradication of Doping from International Sports While Upholding the Rights of the Accused Athlete" by Robyn J Rosen

Blogger Jimmy H -- 8/08/2007 4:14 PM  

i no it says exclude the medical bit but because of the effects of steroids in the world of sports. if it was legal people would abuse it, because of the effects steroids have on increasing preformance.
so i think that although there would be a few records broken in the begining, there would come a point to were these drugs couldnt improve the body any further. so therefore there would be limits just as there is now.
the only thing i think would happen is that steroids cause heart attacks and other problems so genetics would change and therefore heart diseases and those other problems get handed down to there children and there childrens children there for decreaseing life expectantcy in generations to come well thats what i think.


Blogger wals1h -- 8/11/2007 5:34 PM  

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