Last updated on: 10/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Donald M. Fehr, JD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Let me begin by once again stating the MLBPA’s position. As I said when I appeared before this Committee nearly three years ago, the Major League Baseball Players Association does not condone or support the use by players – or by anyone else – of any unlawful substance, nor do we support or condone the unlawful use of any legal substance. I cannot put it more plainly. The unlawful use of any substance is wrong.

Moreover, the Players are committed to dispelling any suggestion that the route to becoming a Major League athlete somehow includes taking illegal performance enhancing substances, such as steroids. It does not take a physician to recognize that steroids are powerful drugs that no one should fool around with. This is particularly true for children and young adults, as the medical research makes clear that illegal steroid use can be especially harmful to them.


Playing Major League Baseball requires talent, drive, intelligence, determination, and grit. Steroids and other unlawful performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) have no place in the game.”

Written Statement for the hearing on “Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition,” before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Feb. 27, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), Dec. 1985-present
  • Negotiated the $280 million settlement of the free agency collusion cases, 1990
  • General Counsel, MLBPA, 1977-1985
  • Assisted the MLBPA’s defense of players Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally in the Messersmith-McNally free agency case, 1975
  • Former Attorney, Jolley, Moran, Walsh, Hager & Gordon law firm
  • Former Clerk, Judge Elmo Hunter of the United States District Court, Kansas City, MO
Education:
  • JD, University of Missouri, 1973
  • BA, Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington, 1970
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?
  2. Should the US Congress Be Involved in Setting Drug Policies for Professional Sports?