The NFL at the NFL Players Asccociation appear to be discussing the utilization of HGH testing. From the Pocono Record.
The NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will conduct meetings that should help lay the groundwork for rules changes and tweaks to off-field aspects of league business...
The NFLPA successfully resisted the NFL's efforts to implement HGH testing for the 2011 season.
NFLPA executive George Atallah said Friday that talks between the sides "are better" but there is still no agreement on the horizon.
"It's dependent on information," Atallah said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "We believe the proposal we gave to the league, which includes a population study for our players and fair appeals rights, are really not dependent on a date.
"The league had talked about last August wanting to get the program launched. We would have loved to been able to do that, but the data was lacking. You want to have transparency. Once we have that, we're going to get going."
The NFLPA has expressed concerns about the test's accuracy, especially when it comes to the biology of football players potentially generating a false positive.
"We're as concerned with false positives as we are with false negatives," Atallah said. "If we really want an effective plan, we have to be able to catch people who are cheating. We can't if people in the doping community know this test is not reliable."
False positive and false negatives are not the only issues here. WE would think a pilot program is the way to kick off the era of amino acid hormone testing (HGH etc.) in the NFL.