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  • Published: Sep 10th, 2014
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  • Comments: Comments Off on Here is why the NFL is rushing to get the new drug testing deal done.

Here is why the NFL is rushing to get the new drug testing deal done.

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                                                      Roger Goodell

Clearly fans of any team with a player that has been suspended are excited about the possibility of getting those players back. But understand that the NFL and NFLPA have been working on a new drug policy for more than 3 years. What is the rush go get it done now?

Let me say that I have no inside information about the issue but I do think I know what is going on. And we will know if I am right by what is in and is not in the new policy.

Here is what I believe is driving the NFL to try to get a new deal—As I said here several weeks ago, the new pressure on the NFL is the different results of the Gordon test.

I have a feeling that the NFLPA is pressuring the NFL to get this new deal done or it will explore the cancellation of the entire drug testing program because of unreliable test results. There is no excuse or explanation for a single urine sample yielding two so different results. That is a threat to the weed testing at a minimum or the entire testing policy at a maximum.

The only way that the NFL can walk away from the disaster of two answers to the same question of how much weed was in the sample is to get a new and higher standard for weed. The NFL and NFLPA have been trying to get a deal that would include testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for more than 3 years. A new more realistic measure for weed will be included in the deal. That will give the NFL the door to escape a bad testing system.

So how can we tell if I am right? There will be 3 indicators of who has the upper hand in the final negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA.

3 Does the weed level increase significantly? If it does, there is a very good chance that the Gordon result had a lot to do with the pressure to get this deal done so fast.

2 Is testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) limited to in season testing. Right now a PED does a player no good if taken during the off season. If the new policy has testing for PEDs only from OTAs to the Super Bowl, then the NFLPA won a MAJOR concession.

1 The biggest and most divisive issue between the parties is the power of the Commissioner to handle and decide on appeals from a failure on a drug test. The NFL has stood firm that the Commish must retain that power. The NFLPA wanted a neutral party to make the call on an appeal.

If somehow the NFLPA wins on two of these three issues, I will feel justified in my assumption that the Gordon test debacle has had a major impact on the balance of power between the union and the league. I fully expect the new policy will include wins by the NFLPA on issues 2 and 3. issues.

But either way, there is no question that the NFL in general and Commissioner Roger Goodell are sweating this one out. They screwed up and thanks to Pro Football Talk everybody knows it.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Jun 18th, 2013
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The NFL must revisit its drug policy.

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The NFL has “jumped the shark” with the drug policy.  The phrase “jump the shark” refers to the TV show Happy Days trying to increase viewership with an episode where Fonzie jumped a tank of sharks.

 

The NFL has gone way too far in its attempt to keep “dangerous” drugs out of the league.  Last week the NFL announced that Cleveland WR Josh Gordon had been suspended for two games for a violation.  Because the NFL never releases the exact nature of the violation, we have to take what Gordon said about what drug was involved.

 

Gordon distributed the following statement.  “In February, I was diagnosed with strep throat for which a doctor prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine. Apparently, the medicine I took contained codeine, which is prohibited by the NFL policy.” 

 

In my opinion the off-season use of a prescribed codeine cough medicine is in no way harmful to the game.  In fact the suspension flies in the face of the league’s alleged focus on player safety and well being.  The league should support the players getting well under the care of a healthcare professional.

 

I believe the league should review the policy against prescribed use of HGH by players to recover from legitimate injuries.  The evidence of the performance enhancement properties of HGH is mixed.  The testing for HGH at this point requires the taking of blood from the player.  Thus far the NFLPA has refused to agree to such a test.

 

The NFL should limit the drug policy to those things that do improve performance.  Special allowance should be given to those players that are injured and under a doctor’s care.  The league claims it is interested in the long term well being of the players.  It also claims that it wants to make the game more enjoyable for the fans.  The players need the best care they can get.  Many old players are suffering from injuries beyond concussions incurred during their careers.  And the fans want to see their favorite team with as healthy a roster as is possible.

 

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits .  

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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