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Congressional Intervention Threatened As NFL, NFLPA Battle Over HGH Testing
Published August 23, 2013
TWO SIDES TO A STORY: NFLPA Assistant Exec Dir of External Affairs George Atallah said that players have "been asked to vote twice on whether to allow Goodell 'to keep his appeal authority for violations of law, and two times the players have said, 'No.'" Atallah: "I don't expect the players' position to change on that" (ESPN.com, 8/22). FOXSPORTS.com's Mike Garafolo wrote the NFL and union are "basically doing the collective-bargaining equivalent of flicking each others' ears instead of resolving the remaining issues." Birch has said that he "believes the population study itself is a stall tactic." It now seems he believes it is "being deflected from the main issue, which is the overall agreement on testing." Birch believes that the NFL has "made all of the concessions during negotiations." With the "clock ticking, the odds of having HGH testing in the NFL for the start of the 2013 season are dwindling." And the NFL clearly "is getting impatient" (FOXSPORTS.com, 8/22).