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Current Controversies in Sports


Question Posted Sunday September 13 2009, 1:36 pm

I have to do a paper on a current sports controversy but I can't think of any and I can't find any on google. So what's a current controversy in sports?

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giantsfan95 answered Thursday September 24 2009, 7:29 pm:
In the United States, there is a huge controversy in baseball going on about steroid abuse. Star players like Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and many others have been linked to steroid use, most commonly in the Mitchell Report. Some stars, such as Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, admitted to steroid use, while others, such as Clemens and Bonds, vehemently deny it. Since taking steroids is generally viewed as cheating, most people believe that stars linked to or proven guilty of using steroids should be banned from the Hall of Fame or have their records stripped. The problem, however, lies within how to determine if a player is guilty or not. Barry Bonds, for example, has never failed a drug test, yet many people point to his soaring numbers, increase in size and muscles, and a change in temperament as evidence. I suggest Goggling "the Mitchell Report" or "steroids in baseball" for more information.
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Matt answered Sunday September 13 2009, 7:41 pm:
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xMikex answered Sunday September 13 2009, 6:16 pm:
Well I'm from the UK and the biggest sport over here is soccer. In soccer right now there is an issue with players cheating through diving in one form or another leading to players from the opposing team being sent off or penalised in some way. This may be interesting as if you are from the US (as i'm assuming) the topic will be from a foreign country AND theres ALOT of coverage on it in the UK and in fact all over europe so information should be easy to find. You could break it up into different sections and individually discuss ;how if a particular team loses a particular game because of this cheating it could effect their finances; how it is against the fair play rules which the players are all supposed to agree; the fact that some players and managers are okay with it and think it makes the game more interesting. If you chose to go for topic I can give you some recent incidents which you could use as case studies if you email me.

Good luck with it whatever you pick

MIke

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xosodapopx3 answered Sunday September 13 2009, 3:39 pm:
Theres this new thing for high school sports teams called pay to play. Its basically for all players, even trying out have to pay different amounts of money to be able to play. for volleyball, its 100 dollars, for hockey, its 300, etc. There are alot of controversies with this new rule, because not only is it alot of money to pay, but there are other fees that you have to pay, such as booster club fees. This is effecting countries! And on top of that, people are complaining. On the other hand, some people are happy because they say it makes for a more competitive team. (because kids that are going out for fun wont want to pay, only commited players will join.)
:-) hope this helps!

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es answered Sunday September 13 2009, 2:29 pm:
At the moment, there are plenty lol

Here's one I know the most about:

In baseball, the Yankees and the Red Sox have always had the "Curse of the Bambino" (which if you're not familiar with: its basically the "curse" the Red Sox encountered when they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and from then on, the Red Sox went on a losing streak.) Well this streak was broken in 2004 when 2 star Red Sox players Mannie Ramirez & David Ortiz (Big Papi) won the game for the Red Sox in the 12th inning(meaning it was tied and they broke the tied score). This has become a controversy because later steroid test results have showed that both Ortiz&Ramirez have tested positive for drugs/steroids and if the curse was really legitimatly broken.

Here's more info on it:
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itslaurensuckaa answered Sunday September 13 2009, 2:24 pm:
Women in sports.

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