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Thursday, June 04, 2009
When should Congress be involved with sports?

Mike's post about Congressman Cohen's letter to David Stern urging repeal of the NBA's age limit raises an interesting question. Past efforts by members of Congress on the issue of steroids (hearings, letters to the Union and the Commissioner's Office, etc.) have been derided as political grandstanding and a waste of time and met with a jeering "don't they have better things to worry about than baseball?". Same with criticisms of, and hearings about, the BCS (led, if I recall, by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch).

So some questions: Why the seemingly (for the moment) different reaction to Cohen's letter? Would we see similar criticism of Cohen pushes for hearings on the age limit or some legislation to change the NBA's rules? And if not, why not?


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