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Boston, Green Bay Mayors Both Compelled By Idea Of Hosting Future NFL Draft
Published May 9, 2014
WAITING GAME: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday spoke with ESPN's Chris Berman prior to the start of the NFL Draft. Berman said it was the "longest wait for a Draft" and asked whether the date would remain this time of year or move back to its normal time. Goodell said, "There are positives and negatives to everything. One of the things that really struck me when I was meeting with the draft eligible players, one of them put up his hand and said, 'You know, having it later allowed me to graduate on time.' There are a lot of factors you don't always think about." The "anxiety is pretty high" to get the draft started but "we just have to balance all those issues" ("SportsCenter Special: On the Clock," ESPN, 5/8).
STILL AT ODDS: New NFLPA President Eric Winston said that the NFL's plan for HGH testing is "on hold because players don't agree with the league's stipulation" that Goodell "be the final arbiter in particular disputes around the testing process or the results." Winston said, "I kind of laugh because it keeps coming up. If he wants HGH testing as bad as he wants to retain his power, then we would have had HGH testing last year. At the end of the day, that's what this is all about: He wants to hold all the cards and he wants to be the judge, jury and executioner, and we're not going to go for an un-American system like that." NFL Senior VP/Communications Greg Aiello in an e-mail wrote, "It is kind of funny because since 2011 the union has come up with one excuse after another to avoid implementing an agreement to test for HGH. First, it was the testing method; then it was the population study; now it's commissioner authority. Our commitment to testing is clear. The same cannot be said of the union" (ESPN.com, 5/8). Meanwhile, ESPN N.Y.'s Jane McManus noted there were 10 "leaked results from prospect drug tests at the the NFL combine," and NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith said that the union will "review the circumstances." Smith said, "Our concern is there is obviously a lack of appropriate attention by the National Football League on the way they safeguard information that is collected on people attending the combine" (ESPNNY.com, 5/8).