Wednesday, February 27, 2008

And the hammer will drop...

Looks like Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., is ready to drop the hammer on ALL FOUR of the major sports leagues in the US (and yes, hockey is still considered #4 so don't look so shocked!).

Rush's planned bill likely will demand at least five surprise drugs tests on each professional athlete each year, along with penalties far stiffer than any now in place under the union contracts that currently govern testing and punishment in the four major professional sports: baseball, football, basketball and hockey.

The anticipated proposal from Rush and others on the committee would call for suspensions of half of a season for a first offense, an entire season for a second offense, and a lifetime ban for a third offense.

Seems that the commish for each of the Big 4, plus each respective Union leader, along with several others, including Myles Brand, the president of the NCAA; Jim Scherr, the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee; and Travis T. Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will be there.

The punchy quote coming out of it all is this doozy:

"cheating should not be collectively bargained" -- Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn.

The meeting is today.
More to come as I learn more.

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