In last week’s New York Times, the front-page article was titled, “Baseball’s Integrity Crisis: Doctored Balls.” Cheating in sports has been bothering me for a long-time now! It is one reason why I retired from all fantasy sports in 2019 and have not read any sports box scores (those that know me this is crazy) since 2019.
The money is sports is so lucrative that it often “pays to cheat!” Most sports do NOT have a clear policy against cheating, and those that do, do NOT take back performance bonuses earned due to cheating. Baseball cheating is probably the worst of all sports, other sports are not far behind.
See some of the most memorable cheats below:
To me, it seems that Professional Sports not only need to clean up their act, they also need to clearly define and set stiffer monetary penalties for offenders as there are double standards across the board! Why should players and teams like the Houston Astros and New England Patriots stop cheating when they are making 100’s of millions of dollars from winning, bonuses, and endorsement deals when they will only get a “slap on the wrist?”