For my group’s pathways project, we choose legalizing steroids in sports. Steroids in sports and steroids in general are a very controversial issue, with most people firmly on one side or the other. The reasons for us wanting the legalization in sports is simple. These drugs increase the physical abilities of the athletes taking them, making them much stronger, faster, and bigger then they previously were.
In 1994, a baseball strike that resulted from greedy players and managers threatened the future of baseball forever. Even when the strikes ended, fans had decreased dramatically and baseball was no longer what it had once been. Then in the early 2000s, players such as Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire brought upon a revival in the sport. They started breaking records everywhere, and they were no longer the scrawny players we were used too. Fans flocked to the stadiums to see this new generation of athletes begin to break old records and perform at a higher level than anyone ever had before. Fans were happy, and all this new attention brought in tons of revenue for the industry too. Everyone was happy and everyone came out on top.
It turned out Mark McGwire, and many other athletes were on steroids. The media had done such a great job painting these performance enhancing drugs in such a negative light that many people began to hate the heroes they were so fond of not too long ago. Accusations against the players went to Congress, and soon we heard about many other players who were also on steroids. Baseball was not the only place to see a steroids scandal, but by far was the biggest. It seemed steroids were everywhere, and sports were receiving more attention than ever. The players that saved the sport were now being accused of destroying it.
Even after all the trouble they made, it’s still true that the athletes these steroids created put fans in the seats, and that’s really what it’s all about. Many people have argued for the...