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 League touts "breakthrough" hGH test
I imagine we'll see more NFL players getting suspended for steroids use. They want an edge in the NFL and they all think they are too smart and crafty to get caught.

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Posted by Mike Florio on July 10, 2010 6:26 PM ET

One of the primary flaws in the NFL's steroids policy comes from the absence of testing for human growth hormone. Instead, the league relies on an honor system, supplemented by physical evidence of use or possession that may fall into the NFL's hands by random chance or dumb luck. And so the NFL has been trying to get the players' union to agree to blood testing for hGH, since it can't be spotted in a urine sample.

The union has resisted, but the pressure continues to mount, especially since the CFL recently has adopted its own blood test for hGH.

The tide may be turning even more strongly against the union's position, given the reported availability of a "breakthrough" in detecting the substance in blood. According to Eddie Pells of the Associated Press, the new method is expected to become available "soon."

"The new test, called a bio-markers test, scans the blood for chemicals the body produces after hGH use, which are detectable for up to two weeks," Pells writes. "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."

Urine testing, however, still remains on the distant horizon. "In a perfect world, a urine test would be far easier for us to deal with and administer than a blood test," NFL V.P. of labor policy and player development Adolpho Birch told Pells. "The problem is, we thought there was some chance a urine test could be developed. That's increasingly looking less likely. The practical reality is, we need to focus on a test that works, and the test that works is blood."

And so the issue will be tossed into the list of gives-and-takes that will continue to be hammered out as the NFL and the union try to finalize (or, as the case may be, make any progress on) a new labor deal. And the NFL will continue to hammer away publicly at the issues that will find support with the public. Indeed, both NFLLabor.com and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello (via Twitter) touted the news of the new hGH test.

The union did not respond to requests for comment from the AP. And for good reason.

Really, what would they say? We prefer to let cheaters operate on the honor system?

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The way the test works, I can already see complications and controversy.

Either way though, Miami is in trouble. Lol.


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Bring it on. The cleaner the sport, the more I can enjoy it. Cycling is ruined, soccer is ruined by corruption..if we could get a good doping culture in the NFL then I could be a fulltime NFL fan! ;)

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enJeppesen wrote:
Bring it on. The cleaner the sport, the more I can enjoy it. Cycling is ruined, soccer is ruined by corruption..if we could get a good doping culture in the NFL then I could be a fulltime NFL fan! ;)


Soccer ruined by corruption?


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Well Juventus(one of the biggest clubs in italy) was relegated a couple of years ago when it was found that leading members of the club had paid of referees etc, there was a german referee a couple of years ago who admitted to fixing tons of games, right now Nigeria is under scrutiny for this world cup for fixed results(in particular the Greece game). the french clubs have tons of presidents running the clubs who have been found guilty of corruption, charged or seen being best friends with some of the biggest corrupted names in soccer. Furthermore in the lower divisions there is a huge problem with match fixing from the chinese mob, mainly due to online betting. You can bet on anything now, swedish division 5 matches. Some of those guys make just enough money playing soccer to afford shoes and maybe gasmoney and have fulltime jobs on the side. They are much more inclined to succumb to recieving a bribe and the different mafias know that.

This repeats itself on the international stage both with clubs and countries where you can have squads with huge difference in wages competing. (For instance the highest paid player in club soccer in Denmark is about 1-1,5 million dollars a year, but the best earning Danish player earns more in the likes of 5-7 million dollars a year playing abroad). That's just tiny Denmark, Zlatan, Messi etc earn 2-3 times that. You can have a national squad comprised of many different levels in income(this is even more prevalent with african nations, where Didier Drogba can earn like 10-15 million dollars a year but players starting for the team could be playing in the national league and earn maybe 20 grand a year.)

Stefan Appiah former midfielder for Ghana and Udinese even admitted to taking 250 grand in bribe to share with the team.


Now there are still tons of legit games being played out there(It's tough to fix a match between Chelsea and Manchester United for instance, where everybody is rich and so on) but to me there's too much. If anyone is interested I recommend 'The Fix' by Declan Hill

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enJeppesen wrote:
Well Juventus(one of the biggest clubs in italy) was relegated a couple of years ago when it was found that leading members of the club had paid of referees etc, there was a german referee a couple of years ago who admitted to fixing tons of games, right now Nigeria is under scrutiny for this world cup for fixed results(in particular the Greece game). the french clubs have tons of presidents running the clubs who have been found guilty of corruption, charged or seen being best friends with some of the biggest corrupted names in soccer. Furthermore in the lower divisions there is a huge problem with match fixing from the chinese mob, mainly due to online betting. You can bet on anything now, swedish division 5 matches. Some of those guys make just enough money playing soccer to afford shoes and maybe gasmoney and have fulltime jobs on the side. They are much more inclined to succumb to recieving a bribe and the different mafias know that.

This repeats itself on the international stage both with clubs and countries where you can have squads with huge difference in wages competing. (For instance the highest paid player in club soccer in Denmark is about 1-1,5 million dollars a year, but the best earning Danish player earns more in the likes of 5-7 million dollars a year playing abroad). That's just tiny Denmark, Zlatan, Messi etc earn 2-3 times that. You can have a national squad comprised of many different levels in income(this is even more prevalent with african nations, where Didier Drogba can earn like 10-15 million dollars a year but players starting for the team could be playing in the national league and earn maybe 20 grand a year.)

Stefan Appiah former midfielder for Ghana and Udinese even admitted to taking 250 grand in bribe to share with the team.


Now there are still tons of legit games being played out there(It's tough to fix a match between Chelsea and Manchester United for instance, where everybody is rich and so on) but to me there's too much. If anyone is interested I recommend 'The Fix' by Declan Hill


I didn't realize is was that serious.

But as you know, soccer can never be truly ruined by anything ;).


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It's just something else to add to what is already a very contentious collective bargaining situation. The NFL needs to prove that this testing is very accurate before the player budge very much on the testing and the taking of blood.

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