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Obvious Question: Why Is Doping In Sports Illegal?

Since the beginning of human history, public sports has always been about entertainment- a form of ‘reality’ entertainment.

So here is the question:

Why are people so opposed to doping in sports?

We do not care if strippers and actresses have had plastic surgery or use makeup. We do not care if “reality” shows are real. We do not worry about the factual accuracy of movies, plays and stories. I can on..

But it all boils down to one simple fact- people who watch something for entertainment do not care about fairness, truth, reality or consequences. It is just about escapism. Do you really care if a person who sets a new record in a 100m run was taking performance enhancing drugs? What about a cyclist who has set many consecutive records? What about weightlifters who surpass previous expectations?

Excellence in any of these areas has no relevance to your ability to perform any tasks in real life. It is all about entertainment, so lets us stop pretending that it has any meaning beyond that and act accordingly.


  1. March 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I disagree. The fun in sports, watching and taking part is enjoying the challenge.

    Imagine playing a video game using all the cheat codes, you take away the challenge and the enjoyment.

  2. MeMyselfI
    March 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Sports relies on their being at least the facade of a level playing field.

    If there isn’t, then FANS lose interest. If the outcome is predetermined or effected by externalities then the fans stop watching – it’s no longer sport – it’s theater. This is why bad referreeing draws so much attention (for example).

    So, those that benefit from the business of sports have a vested interest in the business continuing to perform (create profit), so they protect this… even if it is a facade.

    Now, I know some of you will cite WWE as a counter-example. Sure, but everyone pretty much understands that WWE *is* theater. It’s the overarching plots, hero’s, villans, external characters, drama, etc. that make WWE what it is. So, it’s NOT an example of sport. It’s actually theater and it operates accordingly.

  3. w
    March 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

    the irony here is that there’s been more public panty twisting over PEDs than outrage over the corporate malfeasance that has fucked this country in the ass.

    • March 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      agreed sir W.

      It makes the American public look like a joke.

  4. PT Barnum
    March 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    So you are saying that if it was important, if something really was on the line, it would be more reasonable to ban doping?

    If people were actually going to die without doping’s “boost”, then it would NOT be okay to dope?

    How many lives per doped person? Ten? A hundred?

  5. Matt
    March 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Maybe you don’t think there’s anything wrong with strippers having plastic surgery, but I do. I have yet to see a boob job that actually made the woman look better.

  6. Ray Manta
    March 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    MeMyselfI wrote:
    Sports relies on their being at least the facade of a level playing field.

    That doesn’t explain why performance enhancers such as steroids are so reviled.
    Once one person takes them, they all take them. They don’t have much choice if they’re going to remain competitive.

    Steve Sailer (a hardcore HBD guy) dislikes them because he sees doping as a way
    less genetically gifted athletes can narrow the gap between themselves and their
    better-endowed peers. I’m less sure about the reasons why they’re hated by society
    as a whole; it may be just because it’s the fashionable opinion to have.

  7. blackdude
    March 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    i dont have a problem with it BUT i think there should be an asterisk system. if u dope, u get an asterisk. roids make gains much more beyond what can be done without, and much quicker. the resoning to the avg person is- HEY I CAN DOPE AND HIT HOME RUN RECORDS TOO! THIS IS LAME! thats not true, but it is still an unfair advantage….

  8. robert61
    March 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Enhanced strippers and actresses are whores. Who cares how they came by their charms? Athletes, on the other hand, are doing moral battle. They are fighting “the moral equivalent of war”. If they win by cheating and we accept it, we are telling our sons the world is immoral.

    We don’t want to do that, do we?

    Is the world immoral?

  9. Ray Manta
    March 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    robert61 wrote:
    Athletes, on the other hand, are doing moral battle. They are fighting “the moral equivalent of war”. If they win by cheating and we accept it, we are telling our sons the world is immoral.

    Athletes “cheat” because rules are only as good as the ability to enforce them equitably. All the moral posturing is a waste of time if an athlete’s willingness to take drugs means the difference between first place and 10th place.

  10. October 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Maybe I am wrong, but people did not make a big deal about this until Barry Bonds, who is arguably the most hated athlete in America. Now, Alex Rodriguez’s fate is pretty harsh. I agree this is ludicrous and there are many entertainers who take drugs while doing their jobs.

  11. marlon
    October 30, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Professional sports is entertainment. I have no problem with them using drugs. So that they don’t kill thmeselves, there can be limits – no more than four times normal testosterone etc. But it is just another form of entertainment.

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