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SBD/February 22, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Exec: Union Holding Up HGH Testing Over Other CBA Issues It Wants Resolved
Published February 22, 2013
THIRD PARTY: Birch said that the league has “proposed appeals to an independent third party and appeals that would allow players to challenge the science behind the testing, as players have said they wanted.” Birch: “We were talking about a population study for the better part of a year and a half. Now we’re apparently talking about appeals processes and independent or third-party arbitration, which has been on the table and part of the proposal since 2009, 2010." (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 2/21). In Green Bay, Weston Hodkiewicz noted the NFL under current parameters is “not allowed to comment on what players tested positive for, something Birch hopes to change with its proposed testing measures.” Birch: “One of the features of the MLB appeals system that we have proposed from the beginning has been to be able to disclose the substance that formed the basis of the violation.” Still, Hodkiewicz wrote it “doesn’t appear either side is close to finding a resolution” (PACKERSNEWS.com, 2/21).
TAKING ATTENDANCE: YAHOO SPORTS’ Jason Cole wrote there are “two people conspicuous in their absence” at this week’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith. A source said that Goodell and Smith were “trying to meet privately in Washington, D.C., to iron out their lingering differences.” But the concern among some is that not having Goodell and Smith present “is a problem when they are the two leaders in the best position to help push through any agreements that may ultimately happen.” Giants President & CEO John Mara said, "It's a fair point." One coach said, "The players weren't as sharp with their points because Roger and De weren't there. I just think it creates a different atmosphere when they're in the room.” He added, “We need to have that.” Cole wrote, “At the end of the day there was a sense of disappointment among many in the meeting” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/21).