NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE TESTING POLICY
The National Football League's banned substance policy was created in 1987 and for many years was held up as the toughest standard in American professional sports.
The NFL can perform random drug testing year round. Every player in the league gets tested at least once a year through urine sampling, and 6 times is the maximum per year. 2 times in the off-season is the maximum as well. The NFL reviews their methods every 3 months and is working on constantly upgrading their system.
Two years ago, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was worked out between the league and players. However, after two seasons into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement there is no agreement for the blood tests to detect HGH. Under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, players aren’t required to admit which PED they have taken if test results are positive.
Football is the ultimate collision sport played by some of the world's greatest athletes. The game specifically relies on speed, size and strength.The NFL HGH testing protocol should be toughened up and made more clear. Specifics as to which substance a player uses remains confusing to the media and the millions of NFL fans who support the league, including myself.
PENALTIES -- NFL
First: A four game suspension without pay.
Second incident: Eight game suspension, no salary.
Third: One year suspension, no pay.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TESTING POLICY
In 1983 the NBA adopted its anti-drug policy. Based on reasonable cause all players are subject to random testing during the pre-season and regular season. with rookies tested three times on a random basis throughout the season. Along with the NFL, the NBA works with The National Center for Drug Free Sport to administer tests and return the results to the Commissioner, David Stern.
First Offense: 5 game suspension and mandatory attendance in the leagues anti-doping program