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NFL, NFLPA finalize details over HGH population study

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In a four-hour meeting that occurred on Wednesday, the NFL and NFLPA finalized the arrangements for an upcoming HGH population study.

Per a source with knowledge of the discussions, “some progress” was made regarding full-blown HGH testing.

It’s unclear how much more progress will be required to get HGH testing in place.  Already, nearly two years have passed since the NFL and NFLPA agreed generally to implement HGH testing.

One of the issues will be paying for the tests.  As one league source explained it, HGH testing is “expensive.”  But it’s clear that the NFL wants it, and it’s looking more than ever like the league is going to get it.

If, of course, a deal can be reached with the NFLPA.  For now, the only agreement that has been reached entails drawing blood from every NFL player to determine naturally-occurring HGH levels.

In this regard, the stream of players publicly welcoming HGH testing actually helps the league more than the NFLPA, since it creates the impression that testing is inevitable, making it harder for the union to walk away if they don’t get everything they want in exchange for consenting to a testing protocol.

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5 Responses to “NFL, NFLPA finalize details over HGH population study”
  1. hotfire6388 says: Jul 24, 2013 5:00 PM

    wow at this rate we’ll have testing by 2040

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 24, 2013 5:02 PM

    Why wasn’t A-Rod and Braun there? They could have gotten some knowledge from guys with first hand experience.

  3. bigredgoog says: Jul 24, 2013 5:45 PM

    If you take blood from a group of players who may or may not be taking HGH, how do you then determine what the baseline value should be? If 20% are taking HGH it might be quite apparent statistically and they will not count those tests to come up with the average.

  4. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 24, 2013 6:00 PM

    So can anyone direct me to a proper study that shows HGH actually enhances an athlete’s abilities?

  5. jack3dsd says: Jul 24, 2013 6:20 PM

    I bet the nflpa will say the baseline is to low and demand a do over after the population study is done

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