Challenges Faced by Sports Management

730 Words Jan 28th, 2018 3 Pages
Jobs in the industry require the skills to troubleshoot major problems and turn them into positives. I have chosen to touch on three issues faced by teams, managers, and players alike. They are doping, public image, and ticket prices.
1. Doping
The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes has been a controversial issue for many years. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, the use of performance enhancing drugs can actually be traced all the way back to the ancient Olympic games. Athletes often use artificial stimulants to give them a physical and/or mental advantage over their opponents. There are several types of performance-enhancing drugs; some of the most popular include anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, stimulants and supplements.
Major professional sports leagues in the United States coordinate their own drug testing policies through either personal contracts or collective bargaining agreements. Each policy includes testing for a variety of drugs, but consequences are different in each league. Penalties most often include fines and suspensions with second and third offenses being more severe. The International Olympic Committee also has a set of standards for Olympic athletes. Olympic athletes can be randomly tested 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Just last week, Washington Capitals center, Niklas Backstrom, was pulled from Sweden’s lineup just hours before the Olympic…
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