Union chief: Players refuse to accept HGH testing policy from NFL 'that's not fair' (1 Viewer)

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More than a year-and-a-half after signing a collective bargaining agreement that provided for human growth hormone testing for NFL players, the league and the NFL Players Association seem to be closing in on a deal to implement the program in advance of the 2013 season.

The two sides have recently exchanged written proposals, and union leaders will study and discuss the NFL's latest offering when they gather next week at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas for the NFLPA's annual meeting,

However, as the two sides haggle over the remaining points of contention and move toward a system of third-party arbitration over appeals of all positive drug tests, it’s clear that the players’ distrust of commissioner Roger Goodell is spurring the union to drive a hard bargain. In the wake of Goodell’s handling of the New Orleans Saints’ pay-for-injure scandal, union leaders and their constituents seem united in their belief that the commissioner enjoys too much power.

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