|11-15-2005, 01:05 PM||#1|
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New steroid policy
WASHINGTON -- Major League Baseball players and owners agreed to toughen penalties for steroid use to a 50-game suspension for a first failed test and a lifetime ban for a third Tuesday.
New steroids testing agreement at a glance
A glance at Tuesday's drug-testing agreement between baseball players and owners:
• First positive test -- 50-game suspension, up from 10 days.
• Second positive test -- 100-game suspension, up from 30 days.
• Third positive test -- Lifetime ban, with player having right to apply for reinstatement after two years and an arbitrator being able to review reinstatement decision. Under the previous agreement, the earliest a player could be suspended for life was for a fifth positive test.
In addition, a conviction for possession carries a 60-to-80 game penalty, while a second offense carries a 120-game to one-year penalty. A third offense nets the offender a lifetime ban. If a player is convicted for distribution, he will be suspended 80-to-100 games, while a second offense equals a lifetime ban.
(There was no testing for amphetamines in previous agreement)
• First positive test -- Mandatory additional testing.
• Second positive -- 25-game suspension.
• Third positive -- 80-game suspension.
• Fourth positive -- Commissioner's discretion, with an arbitrator being able to review.
In addition, a conviction for possession carries a 15-to-30 game penalty, while a second offense carries a 30-to-90 game penalty. A third offense nets the offender a one-year ban, while a fourth offense equals punishment at commissioner's discretion. If a player is convicted for distribution, he will be suspended 60-to-90 games, while a second offense equals a two-year ban and punishment for a third offense is commissioner's discretion.
A player will be tested during spring training physicals and at least once during the regular season, with additional random testing. Under the previous agreement, each player was tested once from the start of spring training through the end of the regular season, with additional random testing. Both the new agreement and the previous deal provided for offseason testing.
A person not connected to management or the union will schedule and supervise the tests, which currently are administered by a join management-union committee.
-- The Associated Press
The deal also adds testing for amphetamines.
Baseball's current steroid penalties are a 10-day suspension for a first offense, 30 days for a second offense, and 60 days for a third. The earliest a player could be banned for life is a fifth offense.
The sport's second new steroids agreement in 10 months came after lengthy negotiations prompted by urging from Congress -- including the threat of legislation that would require higher penalties and stricter testing standards.
Representatives of the owners and players were on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis, R-Va. He's one of a handful of lawmakers who have introduced steroids bills _ and it was his panel that held the March 17 hearing with Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco.
At that hearing, commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr were scolded for what congressmen called a weak penalty system for drug testing.
The next month, Selig made a 50-100-lifetime proposal. In September, Fehr countered with 20 games, 75 games and, for a third offense, a penalty set by the commissioner.
At a Sept. 28 hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., scolded Fehr in particular for not having reached a deal on a new steroids policy.
"We're at the end here, and I don't want to do it, but we need an agreement soon. It's not complicated. It's not complicated. All sports fans understand it," McCain said at the hearing. "I suggest you act -- and act soon."
Last week, McCain and Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., revised their proposed legislation to soften the penalties from two years for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second. The bill now calls for a half-season ban for a first positive test, one season for a second and a lifetime penalty for a third. Their bill would apply to the major leagues, the NFL, NBA, NHL and baseball's minor leagues.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
|11-15-2005, 08:29 PM||#3|
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Join Date: Aug 2004
What is the nfl's steroid policy? And isn't this more stringent than the NFL's drug use policy? And if it is are we sending the message that steroids are bad, drugs..not so bad.
|11-16-2005, 11:58 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
It's funny how McCain had to push these tail draggers with super stiff threats to make them move...this is fairly in line...but it's pretty obvious the congress had to hold their feet to the fire to even get this....
While I would of preferred something a little stiffer, it's in the parameters I thought would be appropriate...McCain wanted something Draconian...this should be a good deterrent, but you never know what designer drugs will be able to escape detection, altho I think testing has gotten more sophisticated...
|11-17-2005, 06:30 AM||#5|
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