Presentation Title

Sports Media Influence on the Legacy of Major League Baseball's Steroid Era

Location

Guzman 111

Start Date

4-19-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

4-19-2018 4:15 PM

Department

Communication and Media Studies

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Mairi Pileggi, Ph.D. and John Duvall, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This paper explores multiple published books, articles, and documentaries that explain the Steroid Era, a period in Major League Baseball from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s that changed how people view baseball and how it impacts the players’ Baseball Hall of Fame status. The sources, however, use different kinds of rhetoric and perspectives to examine the impact of performance-enhancing drugs (PED’s) on the game of baseball as an enterprise. Other articles and books define the legacy of PED users differently; nonetheless, this paper analyzes the language of statistics and prose of sports writers, broadcasters, television hosts, and anyone else involved in sports media to come up with their truth of the matter. All sides of the Steroid Era should be studied to form a fair and objective opinion of whether PED users should allow induction into Hall of Fame legacy. As someone who is a passionate baseball fan studying sports media and aspires to become a baseball journalist, this era of baseball is what I was first exposed to watching as a child.

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Sports Media Influence on the Legacy of Major League Baseball's Steroid Era

Guzman 111

This paper explores multiple published books, articles, and documentaries that explain the Steroid Era, a period in Major League Baseball from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s that changed how people view baseball and how it impacts the players’ Baseball Hall of Fame status. The sources, however, use different kinds of rhetoric and perspectives to examine the impact of performance-enhancing drugs (PED’s) on the game of baseball as an enterprise. Other articles and books define the legacy of PED users differently; nonetheless, this paper analyzes the language of statistics and prose of sports writers, broadcasters, television hosts, and anyone else involved in sports media to come up with their truth of the matter. All sides of the Steroid Era should be studied to form a fair and objective opinion of whether PED users should allow induction into Hall of Fame legacy. As someone who is a passionate baseball fan studying sports media and aspires to become a baseball journalist, this era of baseball is what I was first exposed to watching as a child.