Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"Our athletes, prospective ballplayers and our youth must come to understand that the use of performance enhancing substances is illegal, it is cheating, it does long term damage to an athlete's health, and it puts at risk an athlete's reputation and integrity. Baseball will continue to enhance its efforts in this area...
Some have described the use of performance enhancing substances in sports as an 'arms race' between the chemists and the cheaters, on the one hand, and the honest players, the leagues and the testers on the other hand. Each is continually improving its methods to obtain an advantage over the other. Well, if this is such a war, then as Commissioner of Baseball I am committed to arm the side of honesty and fair play by funding laboratory research to detect the illegal use of these substances so that drug users will be caught and the cloud of suspicion over honest players will be lifted."
"Statement of Commissioner Allan H. Selig before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform," MLB.com, Jan. 15, 2008
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Commissioner, Major League Baseball, 1998-present
Former chairman, MLB's Executive Council, 1992-1998
Former president and chief executive officer, Milwaukee Brewers, 1970-1998
Recipient, The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, 2008
Recipient, Award of Excellence, Sports Lawyers Association, 2007
Recipient, Frederick Douglass Medallion, New York Urban League, 2007
Named the 2006 Executive of the Year, Sports Business Journal and the Sports Business Daily, 2006
Recipient, Gold Medal Award, the United Services Organization, 2006
Recipient, Centennial National Human Relations Award, American Jewish Committee, 2006
Recipient, Champion of Youth Award, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 2005
Recipient, Judge Emil Fuchs Award, Baseball Writers Association of America-Boston Chapter, 2004
Recipient, Recognition of Goodness Award, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, 2003
Recipient, Honor Award, National Building Museum, 2003