National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell went on ESPN’s “Jim Rome Is Burning” and stated that round the clock talks are need to get a deal done by the start of the new NFL season on March 4th.
Once again Goodell is making Smith look like a fool.
Time and time again Goodell has gone on the record calling for more talks and time and time again there has been nothing from the NFLPA. Wednesday was the first time in a while that Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith met face to face.
Goodell is running circles around Smith in the public relations department and what is Smith doing? Nothing, but whining, complaining and filing motions against NFL owners instead of talking with Goodell.
It is starting to become increasingly apparent that Smith wants the collective bargaining agreement to expire that way he can exert his connections within the legal community.
Outside of the courts political figures, except maybe President Barrack Obama, is not going to want to touch this situation with a ten foot pole with the fight over health care still looming, even though most Americans have realized by now that the health care bill that democrats passed is actually good for the country, especially for former NFL players.
In the end, if Smith doesn’t step the negotiations up NFL fans will fully turn against the players.
The National Football League has bragged about how it has one of the most toughest drug testing program in North American sports.
Well things don’t seem as they appear when it comes to the program.
According to the Wall Street Journal, via Pro Football Talk, the NFL allows teams to give notice to a player of a drug test on a day of a game. The NFL’s reasoning is so that the player will show up for the drug test.
What usually happens is that after the game players are told that they have to show up Monday for a drug test. In the NFL Monday’s are usually an off day for players since Sunday’s are game day.
Many experts don’t agree with that including Travis Tygart who is the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“It’s obviously concerning,” said Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. “The world knows you can’t give advanced notice for testing for it to be effective.”
David Howman, director general of the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency, even stated that the NFL might as not well test at all if they are going to give advanced notice. The reason being there are drugs like endurance boosting EPO that will leave no trace by the time the test is administered on Monday.
In the end, if the NFL doesn’t start changing its policy they can expect a phone call from the government calling them to appear before Congress, and this time it won’t be pretty.