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Tuesday, June 03, 2008
The rationales for banning steroids

Michael Dorf, a top con law theorist, offers (link fixed) a few thoughts on steroid use and the rationales underlying banning performance-enhancing substances. He actually does a pretty good job of knocking down everything but the "role-model" argument, an argument which I never have accepted anyway. Worth a read.


I believe you probably meant to link to Dorf's blog at . Also, Mark Cuban talks about Bigger, Stronger, Faster on his blog today. I believe he owns Magnolia Films, which put out the movie.

Blogger ThisThingGoesFaster -- 6/03/2008 10:59 AM  

If performance-enhancing drugs were generally legal at any particular level of any particular sport, presumably everyone competing at that level would use them, so the competitive effect would be a wash. The trouble, however, is that it effectively leaves athletes who would, for whatever reason(s), rather compete drug-free with a Hobson's choice - either get on the juice, or forget about competing at this level at all, much less becoming a star at it.

Blogger Joshua -- 6/03/2008 10:21 PM  

A more astute argument than the 'role model' argument (which I think is sound, btw) is the 'entry point' argument, which is to say that as professional sports become ever-more competitive, the goal of finding, and signing, the 'next big thing' will surely impact youth steriod use. This brings two core problems to the fore...1 prevalence of steroid use in youth as a means to an end. 2 - cost eliteism - steroids/perf enhancement is expensive so are only 'rich kids' going to be able to make the big time?

Blogger Matt -- 6/04/2008 12:48 PM  

cost eliteism - steroids/perf enhancement is expensive so are only 'rich kids' going to be able to make the big time?

Anabolic steroids are relatively inexpensive (especially steroids like testosterone cypionate or enanthate).

Costs (elitism) is significantly more important when it comes to things like equipment/facilities, good coaches, quality sports nutrition and dietary supplementation. This is where the playing field is the least "level."

OpenID Millard Baker -- 6/04/2008 6:27 PM  

@matt The "role model" argument leads to several questions:

Is banning consenting adults from a target behavior the best to keep teens from engaging in the same behavior?

After all, there are a lot of behaviors we believe adults should have the freedom to engage in but at the same time would like to prohibit among teenagers.

OpenID Millard Baker -- 6/04/2008 6:39 PM  

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