Case Study “Professional Sports: Rewarding and Punishment the Same Behavior”

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BAHRIA UNIVERSITY ISLAMABAD

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BUSHRA QUDDUS ABBASI

Case Study
“Professional sports: Rewarding and punishment the same behavior”

1. What type of reinforcement schedule does random drug testing represent? Is this type of schedule typically effective or ineffective?
Answer:
The case study “Professional sports: Rewarding and punishment the same behavior” was about how in a baseball game steroids are being used and the offense which has been caused by it. The type of reinforcement schedule discuss in this case was the random drug testing which presents the fact that most of the times baseball players are not aware of the point that they are taking drugs. This
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3. If you were the commissioner of baseball, what steps would you take to try to reduce the use of steroids in baseball? Is punishment likely to be the most effective deterrent? Why or why not?
Answer:
If I was the commissioner of baseball, there are several steps that I would take to try to reduce the use of steroids in baseball. First of all, I would reinforce to all the athletes that if someone is caught using steroids they will be thrown off the team. Second, I would continue to do random drug testing. Punishment is not likely to be the most effective deterrent. This will only cause athletes to stop playing and taking steroids for a certain period of time. In addition to it I would also have taken some steps as taken by the commissioner in this case. For the 1st time offender who didn’t know that they were being drugged by their coaches should be suspended for few games. In addition to that the coach must be strictly punished a huge sum of fine plus life time ban from the game. Whereas, for those who have offended it for the first time knowingly, must be suspended for a year plus a heavy amount fine should be imposed on them. And for those who have repeated it should be banned from baseball sport.
The second part of the question was “Is punishment likely to be the most effective deterrent”? For me yes, punishment is the most effective deterrent. It is the competition that everyone loves. The feeling of winning makes many

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