Want to see players tested for Human Growth Hormone? As the old saying goes, maybe you should write your congressman. The U.S. Congress may actually have an impact on the issue. The way Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland sees it, the NFLPA, the NFL players union, is ”holding HGH testing hostage.” Because there has been more than two years of arguing over the issue of HGH testing,and the methods to implement it, it may taken an act of Congress to make it happen. Some of YouWager’s seasoned NFL football wagering fans think it’s pretty funny that it might come to this. The U.S. Congress is not exactly known for accomplishing things these days, they say.
Turning the tables, Representative Cummings essentially accused the NFLPA of doing nothing, and blocking efforts to move forward. Obviously, the skeptical YouWager football bettors have a point, about the irony in the situation. Cummings said the players union ”continues to disregard its promise to implement HGH testing.”
Cummings went so far as to threaten the NFLPA. According to YouWager’s news source, the congressman said, ‘‘Continuing to block HGH testing in this way essentially will force Congress to intervene, which nobody wants.”
The oversight committee held a hearing in December to take a look at the science behind blood tests for human growth hormone. As YouWager’s serious football bettors know, HGH, the banned performance-enhancing drug has been hard to detect. Health risks are said to include diabetes, heart problems and arthritis. But two entire NFL football wagering seasons have come and gone, and the 2013 regular season is almost underway, and there is still no agreement on HGH between the two sides since the last new collective bargaining agreement set up a process that both parties must agree to.
Rep. Cummings praised the National Football League for their cooperation. Cummings mentioned ”extraordinary concessions from the NFL, numerous meetings with Members of Congress, and a parade of experts verifying the validity of HGH testing.”
According to the NFL, the biggest hurdle with the union at this time, is the way appeals will work, whether that will happen before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone he appoints. The union would rather have a player face a panel of arbitrators.
Adolpho Birch, senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs for the NFL, expressed his frustration with what the league is calling delay tactics. Birch told YouWager’s source, ”There is a chance it won’t happen this season. I will also say there is a chance it will. I strongly hope that it does. I would have said the same thing last year. I would have said the same thing in October 2011.”