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View Poll Results: Would you watch a Drug-League, or a Drug-free league?
Drug League 1 8.33%
League that bans all drugs. 8 66.67%
Performance difference would probably be insignificant. 1 8.33%
No answer / wouldn't care 2 16.67%
Voters: 12. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Assume there are two baseball leagues, and each one televises an equal number of games. One league strictly bans anything that smells like a Performance Enhancing Drug, and the other league is wide open, and players can take any drugs they want to enhance their power, running speed, hand-eye coordination, everything. Which games would you be more likely to watch? Be honest.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Will they be selling drugs in the stands in the Drug League?

"Crack here! Getcher crack here! Dynamite stuff! Crack h......How many would you like?

The fans would be complaining just like they always do....

"Man do you believe $15.50 for one lousy little joint?"
"I know, I was going to get some stuff but did you see the line at the meth counter?"

It would probably be no accident that the Mrs. Fields booth was located right next to the Wally's Weed outlet.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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Assume there are two baseball leagues, and each one televises an equal number of games. One league strictly bans anything that smells like a Performance Enhancing Drug, and the other league is wide open, and players can take any drugs they want to enhance their power, running speed, hand-eye coordination, everything. Which games would you be more likely to watch? Be honest.
Hmmm. Interesting. I'm trying to wrap my head around by making it like the designated hitter -- the American League has it, the National League doesn't. So if one of them allowed performance-enhancing drugs and the other didn't, which league would I prefer? After thinking about I realized for me the answer is simple: the American League. I don't think performance-enhancing drugs would be much of a deciding factor for me either way. I just don't really care all that much.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Cook County
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Haha, a designated user. 'DU'

I wonder if I would use my one roster spot for the DU as a cather or a hitter....
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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I don't care it's just a GAME.

I don't care it's just a game like chess and I don't care if the players are taking mind altering drugs.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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Letting the public know that PEDs were involved in the heroics which they were seeing, and allowing all players the same set of advantages afforded any player, would remove my two major objections to a steroid enhanced game.

It would have to be completely disconnected from the MLB of the past since the MLB players (in theory) were performing without chemical aids.

So you would have two leagues, one which was connected to 135 years of baseball history, and one which was being marketed as "Extreme Baseball."

I would imagine that older fans would wish to stick with the more historically grounded league, while younger fans would be more receptive to opening up the game to 650 foot home runs or 115 mph fastballs. This would disrupt the whole parents passing along the love of the game to their kids dynamic upon which MLB depends for sustaining its fan base.

As to which league would survive, or both/neither would survive this schism, I do not know.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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As to which league would survive, or both/neither would survive this schism, I do not know.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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In all honesty, I would not watch the Drug League. Although it would be amusing once the effects of some of those drugs kick in.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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College Football is inferior to NFL football by a very wide margin, almost laughable, yet the number of people who go hog wild over college football appears to exceed the number of NFL fans, so I guess it would not be surprising if fans wanted to watch slower, weaker baseball players, too, for reasons not associated with skill level.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:31 AM
 
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College Football is inferior to NFL football by a very wide margin, almost laughable, yet the number of people who go hog wild over college football appears to exceed the number of NFL fans, so I guess it would not be surprising if fans wanted to watch slower, weaker baseball players, too, for reasons not associated with skill level.
Same thing with college BB. No contest in skill and by a very large margin.

I think the difference may be this. The reason the college athletes are 'weaker' is because of age and not necessarily because they're of average talent. People who watch college FB and BB know that many of the best players will be in the pro's one day, so, they're willing to 'put up' with the less skill because they know that many of the best players they're watching will one day be NFL calibre players. That might have something to do with it.
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