HGH testing appears to be coming to the NFL. The players are expected to vote on the new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday and included in that is HGH testing, according to multiple reports. As Judy Battista of the NY Times points out, HGH testing is a new thing in sports.
It will be annual and random blood testing. First North American league to do it with players' union consent.
It needs to be implemented within 30 days, which is before the Sept. 8 regular season opener. Players had previously balked at this idea until a reliable test was created.
Back in July, NFL attorney Jeff Pash first indicated that the league planned to institute HGH testing.
"We expect that we will have testing for HGH. I think that both sides believe that's important for the integrity of the game and that we should continue to be leaders here," Pash said. "I think that's a view that's strongly held by the players as it by us."
The league has been pushing for HGH testing for some time and the players were receptive to it if an agreed upon test was found.