Ramble or not, what you suggest makes sense to me and I think that is where sport will go eventually.
What I wonder is which level would have more popular appeal, and would that vary by sport?
I would guess that in most sports, the “enhanced” athletes would be the higher paid, more “professional” athletes. Their performances would be even more spectacular and thus attract larger audiences. One could easily imagine that in MMA and American football, for example. The sight of superhuman athletes in direct physical contact and competition would get fans. The appeal of team sports would probably not be affected adversely, I would guess, becasue the drama of competition would still be there.
I don’t know how more “individual” sports, sports in which athletes compete against a standard like distance, time, etc. would fare, though. Would souped-up pole-vaulters or marathon runners excite more or less fans than today? People may ask what’s the point in engineering a human so that he can jump an extra few centimeters.
Putting opnely engineered humans in a rugby or boxing match, well, that could be real interesting…
I haven’t read the article yet, but I have long thought that there should be 2 levels of sport. Natural and assisted.
The naturals would be banned from pretty much everything, including creatine, BCAAs, possibly even manufactured protein. Whole food sources only, that you might find in nature.
The second level would be free to do exactly what they want, in the quest for increased performance. Safely monitored by medical professional, now that their drug use was open.
Anyone in the natural group that was tested positive (and then confirmed) for ANY banned substance, would be lifetime banned from the natural group, but could move to the ‘boosted’ group, no problems. I take this draconian stance because once you enter the natural league, you can NOT cheat your fellow competitors, out of respect.
The option to use drugs is there - fine - but why lie to others about being natural, when you can choose ‘the other way’. I accept that it goes on now, but that’s just the nature of human competition. this way would offer the chance to truly pit yourself against your opponents ‘as nature intended’, or go all out, busting records, using enhancement.