The National Football League after months of negotiation with the players union announced that they will expand the drug testing program for its players. Key points to the new program.
- Testing used to be only in the preseason and for recreational drugs and steroids. Now, they will test for EPO as well.
- Players suspended after testing positive will, for the first time, forfeit a portion of their signing bonuses in addition to the salary. The only guaranteed part of a player’s salary is the signing bonus
- Ten players will be randomly tested each week from a roster of about 45 players
- The NFL policy mandates a four-game suspension for a first steroids offense and a year for a second.
- For recreational drugs such as marijuana or cocaine there is no suspension for a first positive test. The player is given counseling.
- The program also includes additional use of carbon isotope ratio testing on a random basis to detect for doses of testosterone. The isotope test was previously used only to validate a positive test.
It’s a start.