Baseball beats football to the punch on HGH testing

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For those of you who don’t pay attention to other sports, you may not have heard that baseball has avoided the drama (and free publicity) that comes from a protracted labor squabble.  Instead, management and labor recently worked out a new agreement, without rancor, rhetoric, or rigmaroles.

According to ESPN, the new labor deal for baseball includes an agreement that players’ blood will be tested for HGH.

Of course, the NFL’s new labor deal includes such a provision as well, but the two sides left enough wiggle room in the chapters-and-verses to allow the NFLPA to drag its feet, and the NFL has yet to muster the nerve to try to enforce the commitment via a court of law or some similar authority.

At a time when Congress has no timetable for continuing to prod the stewards of pro football toward ensuring that something other than the honor system is used to keep the sport completely clean, the decision of baseball players to accept blood testing for HGH will serve only to put more pressure on football players to do the same.

And it would be wise, both for the NFL and the union, to find a way to make that happen without Congress having to start questioning players under oath and otherwise dredging up evidence of who knew what and when they knew it about the use of HGH in pro football.

16 responses to “Baseball beats football to the punch on HGH testing

  1. since baseball cracked down on steroid testing, the players don’t charge the mound like raving lunatics anymore

  2. The players union like alot of unions are protecting themselves with smoke and mirrors. Half of these clowns on on the stuff and don’t want to be caught.

  3. This is all about money.

    First there will be heavy $ fines to those that test positive. Another revenue source for MLB.
    Probably then a reinstatement fee as well.

    The rich getting richer.

  4. Too bad they didn’t do this before the owners sanctioned the players to wipe their asses with the record books. There are precious few baseball men left among the baseball owners and Bud Selig is worse at his job than anybody I’ve ever seen. That said, I’m glad to see them take positive steps to clean up the sport. I hated 10-9 slugfests every day and half a dozen shortstops hitting over 30 HR a year.

    The NFL institutes all changes grudgingly and at their own pace. It is certainly no exaggeration to say the owners have little regard for the ultimate health and well being of their players. The mentality of the game is such that players are put in position to essentially share that view themselves. You can see this in the resistance to crackdowns on violent hits. Playing football is bad for you and the proliferation of drugs that make players bigger, faster, stronger and more aggressive isn’t necessary for an entertaining sport. The fact that their are long term health issues related to unregulated used of PEDS is reason enough to ban them from the sport.

  5. More and more the dragging of the feet by NFL players, is sounding like they all know more than they want anyone to find out.

  6. “For those of you who don’t pay attention to other sports…”

    There is the impression that this site is populated by young kids, not sports fans.

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