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More pressure arises for NFL to test for hGH

Recently, the CFL went from having no drug-testing policy to having a system that tests for hGH.  Though Major League Baseball hasn’t engaged in such a dramatic swing of the pendulum, the sport that has faced the greatest stigma from performance-enhancing substances has added hGH to the cocktail of substances for which players will be tested.

MLB announced today (via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post) that blood testing for hGH will commence in the minor leagues.

So when will football follow suit?

The NFL wants to do it, and the union is resisting, primarily because resistance provides leverage for other issues, like money.

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13 Responses to “More pressure arises for NFL to test for hGH”
  1. Nogard13 says: Jul 22, 2010 4:03 PM

    If the league resists to this they will be seen as trying to hide/cover up the use of PEDs. I’m sure the league knows this and will exploit every opportunity to get the public to favor them in anything.
    Bad move by the NFLPA.

  2. CJ says: Jul 22, 2010 4:14 PM

    umm…it’s called collective bargaining. It’s the only move the NFLPA can make.
    If ownership wants something, the players have to make them give something up to get it, even if they do agree. They can’t give it up for free.
    2 things ownership wants changed are HGH testing and a rookie wage scale. Most players probably wants those too, but they can’t just give them away. They need to make sure ownership makes some concessions too. Otherwise, they’ll get screwed in the negotiations.

  3. bigrig says: Jul 22, 2010 4:14 PM

    The problem is that newer and more undetectable drugs are being created every day. The testers don’t know what to test for.
    BALCO would still be going strong if people could have kept their egos in check and their mouths shut.
    USADA didn’t even know what some of the designer drugs were before the users got ratted out.

  4. stiller43 says: Jul 22, 2010 4:18 PM

    I don’t know why you would make something against the rules, and yet not be able to test for it…doesn’t make sense.

  5. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 22, 2010 4:22 PM

    players who use this sort of enhancement should be permanetly banned from the NFL .
    and they should make it retro active as well

  6. Mike says: Jul 22, 2010 4:38 PM

    Good timing for this as MLB just announced that they have begun testing for HGH effective immediately, for minor leagues at least.

  7. SeriousRadio says: Jul 22, 2010 4:53 PM

    Seems like the best way to apply pressure on the union is to call Rep. Waxman D-CA and get him to start harping on the issue from a federal standpoint. Congress hasn’t made a stink about drugs for a couple of years – time for them to use the bully pulpit to get the NFLPA to cooperate.

  8. Old School says: Jul 22, 2010 5:01 PM

    Leave it to unions to work against the safety and welfare of the very people they extort money from.
    Sounds a lot like the feds doesn’t it? No wonder they’re big players in Washington.

  9. robert ethen says: Jul 22, 2010 6:17 PM

    Humongous Galea Helper.

  10. poiuyt says: Jul 22, 2010 6:35 PM

    If the NFL starts testing for hgh, expect Favre to retire.

  11. brasho says: Jul 22, 2010 7:01 PM

    I’m all for it, then work with the drug companies to make HGH more affordable for the people that need it… I’ve done enough research and if I could get a physician to sign off on it and my insurance would pay for the prescription, I’d take it (in the doctor’s recommended doses) in a heartbeat.

  12. nutnbutnet says: Jul 22, 2010 7:52 PM

    Old School says:
    July 22, 2010 5:01 PM
    Leave it to unions to work against the safety and welfare of the very people they extort money from.
    Sounds a lot like the feds doesn’t it? No wonder they’re big players in Washington

  13. Old School says: Jul 22, 2010 9:28 PM

    nutnbutnet says:
    July 22, 2010 7:52 PM
    Old School says:
    July 22, 2010 5:01 PM
    Leave it to unions to work against the safety and welfare of the very people they extort money from.
    Sounds a lot like the feds doesn’t it? No wonder they’re big players in Washington
    Gee mister, are you a Republican?
    _______________________________-
    As a matter of fact – NO. Nobody owns me. I was a 19 year union member, and was in management for 11. I’ve seen it from both sides.

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