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Right now the biggest controversy in sports is that of the Bay Area Laboratories Co-Operative BALCO BALCO executives reportedly sent shipments of steroids to players including Barry Bonds who currently holds the record for most homeruns in a season The question is will this affect the amount of people watching the games and will companies investing in the sport reroute their money elsewhere Last year testing revealed that 5-7 percent of players were using steroids As of now a player who is found to be using 5 times will only receive a year ban and a 100000 fine Major League Baseball Players Associations officials have been criticized for pushing for the lenient version of the sports first drug testing policy a year and a half ago Because more than 5 percent tested positive players will be subject to unannounced testing for the first time this year Baseball knows that the situation needs to be fixed but the league cant impose a more meaningful policy without the unions agreement said Bob Cramer vice president of global sponsorships for MasterCard which used Bonds in its Memorable Moments campaign MasterCard has two years left on a deal signed in 1997 to become the official credit card of the league Hopefully the union realizes that a better drug testing plan will be a lot more valuable to the leagues fans and sponsors David Hill Fox Sports chairman and CEO said If some of the sports biggest names are revealed to have used steroids people are going to be saddened by it but I dont think people are going to stop watching Currently fox is in its fourth year of a six year 25 million contract to broadcast games The business health of the game is on pretty strong footing said Jerry Colangelo who recently agreed to sell his stake in the Arizona Diamondbacks despite the fact that he will remain one of the teams partners All you have to
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