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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The legally-minded among you may find this interesting. It's a law review article about the best way to go after PEDs in sports. From the abstract:
This Essay argues that performance-enhancing substance policy should be modeled after federal and state securities regulation. Instead of punishing use, regulators should require disclosure of all substances used, and punish only omissions and fraud of a material nature. The goals of a regulation regime would be better achieved without unintended negative consequences through a market approach based on minimum disclosure requirements.
I like anything that brings sense and reason to the PED debate -- "wars" on drugs are, by definition, futile -- but given how well securities regulation works in this country, I'm not sure the proposals here represent an improvement.
(link via Pete Toms)
Sorry things have been quiet the past couple of days. I was home with kids yesterday, and today I'm busy preparing for an appellate argument scheduled for tomorrow morning. Breaks from those activities -- and almost all of the time that stretched into the wee wee hours of last night -- consisted of me frantically finishing my contribution to The Hardball Times Annual. Which I just submitted to the editors. And which was due, like, two days ago. The fact that I tend to equate the word "deadline" with "suggestion" is one of the reasons that editors tend not to want to work with me. But hey, it's done. In the meantime:
I'll have another post up in about a half hour, but beyond that it may be quiet for the rest of the day.
Phillies 5, Rockies 4: Wow, what a game! Colorado scores three times in the bottom of the eighth, only to have Philly do the same in the top of the ninth. The most interesting thing about this, I think, is that home field advantage, such as it was, actually hurt the Rockies, with the snow-out allowing the Phillies to throw four straight lefties at Colorado, helping neutralize their most potent bats. My buddy Matt thinks that this is unfair and that the result here cries out for a seven game divisional series. He's probably right about that. But unlike most years recently, I tend to think that all four division series resulted in the best team winning anyway, so maybe we just save our complaints for another year.
Next up: an NLCS rematch with the Dodgers on Thursday, and two nights without baseball for the rest of us. Visit with your spouses, children and others close to you, my friends, because it will be the last time to do so until after the World Series.