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Thread: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    Absolutely they should.

    What if a city that could barely afford it footed half the bill for a giant stadium that brought squat for jobs?

    Hell, no.

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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    Its not like they have anything they SHOULD actually be working on...no...the country is doing so well and congress functions like such a well oiled machine...

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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    This is so not necessary. Some people talk about the gov't getting their hands into everything when they should not, how is this any different? I understand that sports are huge money but so are other industries. Folks get so up in arms about sports, crying and throwing things and even burning couches (in Milwaukee when Packers lost). Some of them are oblivious that there are social issues that affect people in much deeper ways.

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    OT-- why athletes make so much? I just do not get it.

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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    There doesn't need to be any action from the Federal Government not in a regulatory sense, nor criminal unless you want to go RICO and there the justification would be weak. At a State level they can be prosecuted under existing statutes.
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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    I voted yes, and here is why:

    IMHO, I believe that the chamber of the House should be turned into a Colosseum, and that the president, vice president, and all of Congress should duke it out in a match to the death. Last man standing gets eaten by a lame duck. We can then put the whole thing on PPV, and use the proceeds to pay down the debt.
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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    Overall, no, they should not, but with some basic caveats...

    1) I am fine with safety considerations, and the current "bounty" issue could possibly fit this. I see this as a safety issue and really no different than a guy on an assembly line rigging an "accident" to purposely harm a co-worker they dislike. That's criminal, and with the government's scope, IMO. There is a natural chance of serious injury simply due to the nature of the sport, but bounties add intent and changes the whole prospect.

    2) If it were something like steroids, I would say only if the drug is illegal. That one I have a hard time with, though, because I don't favor the illegality of most drugs, but if it is illegal, then the government would have a legitimate interest. If the particular drug is not illegal, then no, the government should go find something else to do.

    3) Not addressed in this thread yet, but I am a firm and vocal opponent of baseball's anti-trust exemption, and strongly believe that it should be fully repealed. To me that is the government interfering in the affairs of private business, and baseball... while it is my favorite and preferred sport... is not critical enough to warrant an exemption from laws that other non-critical businesses are expected to live under.

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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    Every time I think that Congress can't become more worthless, they step down their game a notch. I'd be happy for a Congressman to call a law enforcement official and say "hey, would you look into this for me?". After that, I think there are plenty of law enforcement agencies that can deal with laws being broken without getting the "experts" involved at Capitol Hill. When George Bush got Congress involved, at least it had been a lifelong interest of his - he was somewhat of an "expert". And, he used his podium to draw attention to a problem (however idiotic). But, if they're going to start doing interviews again, it set a bad precedent. There's nothing worse, in my opinion, than when the only wrong someone gets convicted of is misleading Congress. After all, Congress misleads us all the time (double meaning intended).
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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenvilleGrows View Post
    Every time I think that Congress can't become more worthless, they step down their game a notch. I'd be happy for a Congressman to call a law enforcement official and say "hey, would you look into this for me?". After that, I think there are plenty of law enforcement agencies that can deal with laws being broken without getting the "experts" involved at Capitol Hill. When George Bush got Congress involved, at least it had been a lifelong interest of his - he was somewhat of an "expert". And, he used his podium to draw attention to a problem (however idiotic). But, if they're going to start doing interviews again, it set a bad precedent. There's nothing worse, in my opinion, than when the only wrong someone gets convicted of is misleading Congress. After all, Congress misleads us all the time (double meaning intended).
    If I understand your intent correctly, you're saying stuff should be locally investigated.

    In general, I agree with this. Congress itself does not need to be involved. In the "bounty" scandal it still should be federal (FBI, I suppose[?]) as the games... and bounty hits... would have taken place at various venues across state lines.

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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    To answer the actual Poll Question: The Fed already IS involved in sports and has been for ~50 years. Professional sports bribery has been a Federal crime since the 60's.


    As for bounties, I think the current attention is more like a motorcycle cop giving you a warning with the Fed essentially saying the various leagues need to watch their teams better. Obviously, letting this happen for three seasons is a bit much - you'd think someone would have caught it or said something before now. Why is this a Fed issue at all? Because Pro sports is Big Business and it's a part of interstate commerce, that's why. That being said, I think at this point the Fed warning is plenty. It gives the leagues the backing they need to make it clear to their teams that bounties will not be tolerated. Any further action by the Fed at this time is unwarranted.

    My guess is this is the result of someone from the NFL asking for support to improve their stance. The teams never like new restrictions or oversight from the league. This way the NFL can tell the teams, "look, if we don't do this the Fed'll get involved and no one wants that". Personally, I think it was a smart move.
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    Re: Should the federal gov't be involved in sports?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I can't say that I'm shocked but apparently our Senate is taking an interest in the New Orleans Saints bounty program. Seriously, don't our elected officials have anything better to do? How about pass a budget? That hasn't been done in over 1,000days now. How about fix our gas prices? How about figure out how to work with the House better? Instead, they will actually waste our tax payer money on hearings about sports....again.
    Should our Federal Gov't be involved in sports? I'm speaking college and professional.
    Senator calls hearing to examine bounties in NFL - NFL - SI.com
    Of course they should.

    It's the job of Congress to pass laws to regulate interstate commerce. Sports is a national business nowadays. So it's their job to write regulations concerning it. And it's the job of the agencies of the executive branch to enforce those laws.

    Now are there better things the federal government should be doing right now? Of course.

    But it's not like the divided Congress is going to get anything else done anyways, except for those things that their campaign contributors bribe both sides into doing.
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