The negotiations over a new NFL collective bargaining agreement may just have gotten a bit more interesting given the recent developments in the league of our northern neighbors.
According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Canadian Football League has written into its CBA a drug policy that allows for blood testing for human growth hormone, an issue the NFL Players Association has steadfastly rejected. The CFL will have year-round, random testing of 80 to 100 athletes with only 24 hours notice, along with urine analysis for steroids.
Here's the whole story. The number of tested players goes up to 400, or 25 percent of the league, in 2011, and rises to 35 percent in 2012 and 2013.
This blog has long been a proponent of players submitting to HGH testing, even if it means getting their fingers pricked or a needle stuck in their arm. And believe me when I tell you this, nobody is more scared of needles than I am. But if someone was paying me millions to do what I do and wanted to make sure I was doing it clean, I'd stick my arm out in a second.
Not that the CFL wags the NFL's tail in any way, but now that the precedent has been set, perhaps the players will be more amenable to at least considering blood tests for HGH. It's not a perfect solution, but it could help clean up a sport where undoubtedly many are getting help beyond the strictures of the drug policy. Would love to be in the room when those talks occur.
What do you think?