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Why does it matter?

Original post made by Janis Connelly, another community, on Jan 15, 2008

Posted with the permission of the author

Dear neighbors,

Sports is entertainment and this industry's performers are pursued for perfornance-enhancing drugs as an exception to the overall entertainment industry. We are sending sports performers to prison and giving other entertainers and celebraties a few days of jail time.

Please would someone explain the inequity? Most importantly, why do federal authorities and Congress take such a narrow review of entertainment with focus on sports.

It's unimaginable,

Janis Connerly
Alamo Region California

Posted from All things Alamo & Pop(u)lar

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2008 at 7:41 am

Answers for Janis

In research of sports as entertainment, there is a different perception. Sports, especially baseball, are considered USAmerican institutions and not just purely entertainment by a small portion of their audience and mostly by USAmerican governments. Clearly, it does seem silly to give a CBS Survivor winner a $million for being a LIAR and put various sports stars in prison for the same result.

One only needs to repeat, "Baseball, Hotdogs and the American Flag" to understand how a core sports culture and our governments view this institution. The fact that sports are broadcasted as entertainment, and are perceived as such by the vast majority, does not change the special circumstances our governments apply to its stars.

It would be my thought that if various players wish to LIE to protect their professional and personal lives, they should become politicians.

Hal