Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:41 am

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

Posted by Will Brinson

Roger Goodell and the NFL have made it clear that one thing which will be needed in a new labor agreement is HGH testing.

This is a tough sell, because a) players don't like drug testing in the first place and b) HGH testing, in order to really be accurate, typically needs a blood sample, and players aren't exactly eager to hand that over to the league.

Give credit, then, to Goodell, who apparently put his money where his mouth is and got tested himself last week.

"I just had my HGH tested in the last couple of weeks," Goodell told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. "I wanted to see what was involved in the testing. They came in here at 9:30 in the morning, completely unannounced, and I went through the procedure. The same one our players would go through."

Now, the players will likely argue that it's not a huge deal for Goodell to take the test because he's not subject to any sort of fines or suspensions, and because he's not handing over heretofore unknown medical knowledge to his employer.

Goodell refused to disclose whether or not his test came back clean because of "confidentiality," but added that he was "proud of my results."

So either he passed or he REALLY likes HGH, I guess. Probably the former.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:38 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 10:38 pm

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

Posted by Will Brinson

With the fitting backdrop of the Barry Bonds trial underway in San Francisco, the NFL is going to insist that HGH testing of players become an incorporated part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

That bombshell comes from NFL vice president and general counsel Adolpho Birch, who also oversees the NFL's drug testing program. "We want it," Birch told FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez on Thursday. "We think it's necessary. We're going to ensure that it's done.

"That's something very important to us and the integrity of our game. We believe some of the basis for going slowly on it before has been addressed. At this point, it's proper for it to be an active part of our program."

The NFL wanting HGH testing isn't exactly new -- in January of last year, the league requested that testing for the performance-enhancing drug be implemented. But DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA declined.
NFL Labor

"The NFLPA along with the NFL has supported research to find a suitable test that will detect sustained HGH use," the then-union said in a February 2010 statement. "We have and will continue to work with the NFL to build a system that is fair, reliable and maintains the integrity of our game and the health and safety of our players."

They NFLPA has a valid point in terms of HGH, because there's not necessarily a guaranteed way in which to test for HGH using simply urine samples.

And one of the things that doesn't get mentioned much in all the NFL labor negotiations is that NFL players really don't like the idea of the league getting a hold of blood and urine and whatnot, unless it's a mandated drug test.

If the NFL gets its way, and HGH testing becomes standard, there's a pretty good chance that their concerns over the league holding onto those samples will become real.

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:04 pm

A step closer to an NFL HGH test?

Following the path set by the Canadian Football League (OK, maybe not), Major League Baseball today implemented random blood testing for its minor leagues that will test for human growth hormone .

"The implementation of blood testing in the minor leagues represents a significant step in the detection of the illegal use of human growth hormone," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "HGH testing provides an example for all of our drug policies in the future."

The deal only applies to minor leaguers, because they’re not members of the players association and they don’t have a collective bargaining agreement.

First, the CFL. Now minor league baseball. One would think major league baseball will follow suit. How long will the NFL hold out?  You’d have to think this issue almost certainly will be raised during labor negotiations for the next NFL CBA.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Tags: CBA, HGH
Posted on: July 10, 2010 7:36 pm

New HGH test on the way?

There is talk of a new breakthrough HGH test that has the NFL excited. Expect the issue to move closer to the front burner in the Labor Negotiations.

CNBC offers the details:

A new test that provides a breakthrough in detecting human growth hormone in blood is expected to become available soon and make it more difficult for athletes to use HGH without getting caught.

It's a test some experts consider so good, however, it could blunt the push for the urine-based test sought by some in baseball and football, possibly stalling promising research that has already cost many thousands of dollars.

The new test, called a biomarkers test, scans the blood for chemicals the body produces after HGH use, which are detectable for up to two weeks. The test, expected to be available in the coming weeks or months, is a complement to — or maybe an improvement over — the current test, called an isoform test, which scans blood for synthetic HGH.

The isoform test detects synthetic HGH in the blood for only about 48 hours after use, making it easier for users to avoid detection.

For what it’s worth, the CFL recently agreed to HGH testing.

--Andy Benoit 

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