NFL Reportedly Agrees to Implement 3rd-Party Arbitration for Positive HGH Tests

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2013

The NFL's policy on the use of human growth hormone is starting to take shape, as the NFL and NFLPA have reportedly agreed to allow outside arbitration for positive HGH tests. 

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the league will allow someone other than NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to determine whether a player has tested positive for HGH. 

All appeals involving positive PED tests currently are heard by a third-party arbitrator. The source said the union wants all appeals to be heard by a third-party arbitrator and not Goodell.

"The final hurdle appears to be the union's opposition to maintaining the commissioner's current authority to hear appeals for violations other than a positive test," the source said. "These changes would be contrary to the terms of the CBA and the operation of the drug and steroid program over the past 25 years. We do not believe it is appropriate further to limit the commissioner's disciplinary authority."


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