The Impact of Steroid Allegations on Sports Heroes and Their Fans

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Just Win Perhaps more than at any other time in the history of professional sports, today's contemporary sports climate provides an intimacy of details about the usage of steroids and performance enhancing drugs for some of the world's most popular athletes. Whereas once the uncovering of an athlete's illicit use of such substances was shocking and anomalous, contemporary stories of steroid use are fairly routine and even commonplace in certain sports, such as Major League Baseball. Allegations levied against athletes like Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa (who waged an epic battle for the single season record of number of home runs hit in 1998) would appear to have a significant impact on the many sports fans who regard these athletes as sports heroes. Yet what is most interesting about this phenomenon of more and more popular, highly paid athletes admitting to using performance enhancing drugs is the fact that for the most part, these admissions do not appear to significantly affect people's view of them. Instead, it appears as though most fans simply care about the performance of their heroes, regardless of how they are able to perform at such a lofty level. There are several key indicators that demonstrate that fans are not adversely affected by allegations of steroid usage by their favorite professional athletes. A number of these apply specifically to professional baseball in the United States, although they are valid for other sporting events and leagues as well. Denver

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