I’ve held off comment on the ridiculous renewal of Congress’ call for a uniform PED policy, and I’ve also avoided having an opinion on Matt Lawton’s failed drug test. 12 failed drug tests in a season in which probably 2000 were done hardly represents the end of the world as we know it, and really, I don’t believe that any law that interferes in established labor law would have very little chance of surviving the inevitable legal challenge by the Players Association, MLB, the NFL, the NFLPA, and so on….
As for the Sports Economists’ opinion, the idea that athletes could take charge of the situation seems pretty unlikely too. Boxers are solo performers, athletes in team sports would face the prospect of suing an opponent, say a guy who homers in a late inning comeback win, who then falis his drug test. But what if a teammate then failed a subsequent test? I’d say that team athletes face the same dilemma that the fans do: A player who is improving his performance by using PED’s is actually an asset to the team. As such, team sports athletes are just as likely to look the other way for a cheating teammate as they might be to cheat themselves.
So here’s my comment and opinion:
The pressure to use PED’s is enormous at the professional level of virtually all sports, especially the Big Three. The drive to win, the ambition to reap the largest possible rewards for your talents and opportunities, to be the best; all this and more conspire to make the highest levels of sporting competition the fullest realization of the idea of “survival of the fittest.”
Foolish, distracting efforts to moralize sports are ill-conceived, and hardly represent the real purpose of electing (and de facto approving of the elected’s appointees), these criminals.