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    ...the media still demands little more than seeing a parade of players sob in front of the cameras while owners retreat to the shadows. It's hard not to see parallels in the absence of public accountability among the banking titans of Wall Street. For the powerful, profits mean never having to say you're sorry.

    It's long past time we reframed the question and asked: What did the owners know and when did they know it? Why have no owners had to speak in front of Congress? Why have owners been allowed to keep every penny from the big money, big bopping 1990s, while players have been put through the thresher? How is it that no owners have ever been threatened with punishment for allowing steroids into their locker rooms? And how in the blue hell does Bud Selig still have a job?
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10013/1027695-109.stm

    MLB is pathetic. The hypocrisy from the top tiers of the ownership & the players union stinks. Where is the accountability?
    Same holds true for the local team. Ownership was given a new stadium, they along with a few other teams get a form of welfare and the team provides it fans with the longest yearly losing streak of any North American pro sports team. As a fan all you can do is not go or watch, otherwise you are not holding them accountable for their poor actions and results

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    I almost fell out of my chair reading that and thinking that the PG hired a competent sports writer until I got to the end and saw that they used this guys column, that's a he's a National Writer/Sports Editor (obviously not yahoo).

    I completely agree 110% with what he is saying. The Steroid issue starts at the top and trickles down and for some reason the medias and the government have only given a **** about the "bottom" and have blatantly ignored the top. Maybe it's a fear of the owners power? I don't know but I think it's amazing to at least 80% of people that Bud Selig has a job and you have to winder if he's only had a job this long because the owners have held onto him in fear of stuff being revealed if Bud wasn't there

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    Ditto with Kip

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    Absolutely true! Even if they gave lip service to denouncing steroids, MLB LOVED the steroid era for the records that it shattered. Just like MLB LOVES to have the Yankees and Red Sox as perpetual winners. Bud Selig, MLB and the networks' worst nightmare is a Diamondbacks/Royals World Series. Brian Bixler will be a triple crown winner before MLB has a salary cap.
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    Absolutely true! Even if they gave lip service to denouncing steroids, MLB LOVED the steroid era for the records that it shattered. Just like MLB LOVES to have the Yankees and Red Sox as perpetual winners. Bud Selig, MLB and the networks' worst nightmare is a Diamondbacks/Royals World Series. Brian Bixler will be a triple crown winner before MLB has a salary cap.
    Steroids and large market teams ratings control were the ONLY things that pulled baseball out of the depths of hell. I guess we could say that baseball's rebound was built upon bull****.

    I dobn't know how much the Yankees faux mini dynasty at the of the 90's had to do with MLB's rebound in comparison to the home run chases. I'm going to say that the home run chases is what got intial interest back into baseball and then television contractual control over baseball piled onto that by overhyping large market teams that MLB had allowed to freely outspend and win.

    where's buccoray? His rants are worded nicely and I know he hates this crap like the rest of us

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    Why aren't the record label owners, exec's, and band managers held accountable for their artists drug use and lunacy!

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    I'm by no means a Barry Bonds fan,but look at how the Giants were fine when the stadium was selling out when Bonds was hitting them out at a crazy pace. As soon as he was finished as an elite player they couldn't distance themselves from him fast enough.
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    Why aren't the record label owners, exec's, and band managers held accountable for their artists drug use and lunacy!
    band managers is different..that would be like placing blame on the Agents. while I wouldn't be surprised if the Agents were in the know... like I said, you start at the Top and work your way down.

    A guitarist doing cocaine however isn't exactly the same as using an enhancement drug to help one cheat and make them better in an "organized" league. If anything, musicians doing drugs (in an indivudalized market compared to MLB), usually ends up killing them or their careers unless they had some of that good Sgt.Pepper's LSD

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    I'm by no means a Barry Bonds fan,but look at how the Giants were fine when the stadium was selling out when Bonds was hitting them out at a crazy pace. As soon as he was finished as an elite player they couldn't distance themselves from him fast enough.
    I don't know... that's kind of normal business practice.

    Whether the Giants owners knew for sure or had no clue about Bonds' using roids... as owners they saw huge gate, concession and parking increases, they saw more marketing and ad revenue and merchandise sells that were likely through the roof for them and then it was all sort of combine with the opening of a new stadium... $$$$$ They didn't care about anything else, which is the big problem with this whole thing. ... but it is normal business practices and hell we've seen it with Wall Street just recently... when people see money, they ignore everything else.

    Wanting nothing to do with Bonds afterwards isn't a big surprise. Hell, look at the Pirates after the cocaine trials... sort of similar or about as similar as you can really get in this instance.

    I don't doubt for a second that the owners knew what the hell was going on and I don't doubt for a second that MLB and the players union knew exactly what was going on as well. It was all ignored because everyone was making a lot more $$$$$ and when you can make alot of $$$$$, something shady is usually swept up

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    band managers is different..that would be like placing blame on the Agents. while I wouldn't be surprised if the Agents were in the know... like I said, you start at the Top and work your way down.

    A guitarist doing cocaine however isn't exactly the same as using an enhancement drug to help one cheat and make them better in an "organized" league. If anything, musicians doing drugs (in an indivudalized market compared to MLB), usually ends up killing them or their careers unless they had some of that good Sgt.Pepper's LSD


    Cocaine-Weed-Acid = Better artist by being more creative plus it helps keep them going while on the road to help deal with headaches and stuff from drinking too much.


    Roids-HGH = Better players by making them stronger & healing injuries quicker allowing them to get on the field quicker.



    I am just joking. Thought it was a good parallel to throw into the mix though.

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    Cocaine-Weed-Acid = Better artist by being more creative plus it helps keep them going while on the road to help deal with headaches and stuff from drinking too much.


    Roids-HGH = Better players by making them stronger & healing injuries quicker allowing them to get on the field quicker.



    I am just joking. Thought it was a good parallel to throw into the mix though.


    It's tough. that MLB is an organized league which is basically like being a private club, sports leagues are really on their own in comparison terms

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