The Mitchell report revelations of baseball's "steroids era" led to outrage and dismay. Now the government is involved, with Roger Clemens testifying before Congress. But that's not all - 2007 turned out to be a year of scandal in sports: Michael Vick's dogfighting, Bill Belichick's "spy-gate" and Isiah Thomas' sexual harassment trial, to name a few. In light of all this, many have criticized professional athletes for unacceptable behavior. But are athletes held to a higher standard? Should they be judged as role models? At a time when the sports pages seem to contain more social commentary than game breakdowns, the NY Salon has assembled a panel of experts to discuss what this all means for both the sports world and our society at large- NY Salon
James Matthews is a management consultant based in New York. Matthews has written about a variety of business and economics topics.
He is a member of the NY Salon, and has convened NY Salon events such as "Is There a Culture of Corruption?" and "Athletes as Role Models in the Steroids Era."
Roberta Newman is a Professor at New York University, where she teaches a course on baseball, and author of numerous articles on sports.
William C. Rhoden
William C. Rhoden has been writing about sports for The New York Times since March 1983. Previously, he was a copy editor in the Sunday Week in Review section since October 1981 when he joined the newspaper. Author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete.
Joel Nathan Rosen
Joel Nathan Rosen is Assistant Professor in Sociology at Moravian College and author of The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos (2007).