The Effects Of News Coverage On The Baseball Hall Of Fame Essay

960 Words Sep 14th, 2016 4 Pages
This study analyzed the different forms of news coverage pertaining to the steroid era in Major League Baseball, along with the fan’s opinions of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro. These three players previously tested positive for steroid use throughout their time in the Major Leagues. While all three of these players showed remarkable talent throughout their Major League careers, their statistics will always be tainted, which influences peoples opinions on whether or not they should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The first study conducted examines social categorization theory, which, in this case, defines how sports writers categorize particular athletes who used steroids, while also considering their ethnic backgrounds. Players might use steroids as a rehabilitative method, or simply to gain a competitive edge over other players. However, the media negatively emphasizes players using steroids to gain a competitive edge, whereas taking steroids for rehabilitation is portrayed more positively by the news. Given Bonds’ negative reputation before he tested positive for steroid use, the researchers anticipated that the news would cover his mistake in a more negative way than McGwire or Palmiero’s. The first hypothesis stated that negative television news would cover Bonds’ alleged use more frequently than McGwire’s and Palmeiro’s. The second hypothesis stated that positive television news coverage of Bonds’ use would be less frequent than positive…

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