This week we talked about the NCAA and its drug testing policies, the good things about it the bad things about it and the in-betweens. We had many different viewpoints, and many different opinions about the conflict. Some that I agreed with and there was some that I did not agree with. The main thing I agreed with was the drug testing policy itself. I do think that the NCAA having “random” drug testing is a good idea. Some players would get out of hand with them if they didn’t do drug testing. The testing of PED more than those of the many other things that they test for, but also those of some street drugs I agree on them testing for because it can also be used as an enhancer as well.
That being said the testing style and making certain drugs illegal I do not agree with. Such as marijuana, and certain pain killers I don’t think should be tested for. Some pain is too powerful to get over using Advil and jumping into an ice bath. So sometimes you may need pain pills just to get through your day, yeah some over use them and get addicted, but that’s because that player is in so much pain they can’t even sleep at night because the pain is so much. That’s why I agree so much on the use of weed should not be tested for. Weed when used by athletes is said to be used for heeling reasons, when an athlete is in pain they smoke weed to feel calm and get rid of some of that pain. Mainly can be used for those athletes who don’t want to get addicted to a drug like pain pills that can actually hurt you and do something more natural to feel better.
In the gambling world there are many different ways of gambling. Gambling being described as a game of chance. Fantasy league to me isn’t that, because in order to pick the right players and the right team you have to have knowledge of that person. Knowledge of that sport and knowing situations and playing conditions, which to me is skill. Where in some states it is illegal to bet on chance and not on skill, so I feel that daily fantasy should be legal to do. Not only does it fit in with the law but it also bring in billions. Saahil Sud has made over 3 million in a year playing daily fantasy sports that alone is enough to make a person a living, some people are even quitting their jobs and living off of fantasy play.
Yeah even if it is illegal there are still those who will continue to do it, rather black market, or some type of way that not many can find out about. “Daily games will generate around $2.6 billion in entry fees this year”, that alone will draw in millions of people who are willing to do the gambling illegally. So instead of trying to stop people why not go with it and putting a limit or control on it. Making it legal and putting a tax on it will not only stop the amount of people that do it illegally, but will also give them extra money that they are missing out on.