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Mar 18, 2005 2:41 pm

Making a Federal Case

Why exactly is steroid use in Major League Baseball a matter for the United States Congress? Part of me wants to say that this is a good thing, because the more time they devote to this, the less time they have to do more pernicious things. But really, how is this a Federal Issue?

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Jason Kuznicki - 3/18/2005

Under doctors' supervision, ordinary people use steroids all the time, to deal with pain and inflamation, to speed healing after surgery, and to correct hormonal imbalances. I take a daily steroid for asthma, as do many other Americans.

Perhaps because steroids help me to breathe, I may be less afraid of them than most. But why is "getting better at baseball" any different from these other reasons?

Aeon J. Skoble - 3/18/2005

Just how much micro-managing does the anti-trust exemption entitle the feds to have? In any case, maybe now is the time to push for separation of sport and state.

Jonathan Dresner - 3/18/2005

Mostly, I think, because of the substantial federal legislation which already governs the business of baseball. That's the legitimate answer....