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Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

tq Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:05 AM
The difference is, Baseball has been granted, by Congress, a special exemption from normal anti-trust rules. In trade for that MLB must endure a level of Federal scrutiny not tolerated by other sports. What Congress has to do investigating steroid use in cycling is beyond me. Notice however that once they stripped Armstrong of his TdF wins, they did not award them to anyone farther down the list. Why? Because Armstrong was riding on a level playing field; everyone was juicing, the entire field. They just wanted to clean up the sport and the best way was to come hammer down the nail that was sticking up.
Kali_Fred Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:41 AM
By that logic, Congress will be writing next years Baseball rule changes...
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:44 AM
but tq - if you are right about the law, I differ to you on the anti-trust law.

Still, l grandstanding is not a solution.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:43 AM
I don't remember giving congress any special exemption to do the unconstitutional stuff it does.
SMyles Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:31 AM
"Baseball has been granted, by congress". If those few words alone don't disgust you there's something wrong.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:14 AM
So take a few ex-players in front of congress so politicians can grandstand?

Worthless bunch, the lot of them.

I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!"

Well, it can.

So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that.

After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos flourish, and most...