The Steroid Era Saved Major League Baseball Essay

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Drug use is a problem in every sport, but no sport compares to baseball. In a game where home-runs bring in the money, players usually do whatever it takes to get an edge. This includes taking performance-enhancing drugs that cause many health issues and permanently damage the body. The Steroid Era saved Major League Baseball because of increased attendance to games and income due to home-runs.
On August 12th, 1994, the Major League baseball players association went on strike. The strike lasted 232 days and cancelled over 900 games. Including the postseason and World Series (Staudohar). When Major League Baseball and the players association finally worked out a deal, fans didn’t jump to show support. Fans were very upset with the strike and showed it by not attending games. In national league stadiums, average attendance by year took a steep decline of about 800,000 people (Schlossberg). The declining attendance was a big problem for Major League Baseball. Low attendance meant low revenue for the league and baseball’s popularity was on the decline. Things looked bleak for Major League Baseball.
Home-runs single-handily saved baseball, and performance-enhancing drugs produced more of them. Nothing is more exciting than a baseball being hit 400 feet. Players who hit a lot of home-runs are often idolized and earn a bigger paycheck. Consequently, as home-run numbers shot up, so did the attendance. In fall of 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were closing in on Roger Maris’…

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