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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Penalties for cheating too severe?

It'll be interesting to see how the lobbying power of the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL can affect the outcome of the proposed Drug Free Sports Act of 2005 (H.R. 1862) legislation. While the intention of the bill is to force uniform testing throughout sports in the United States, the leaders of these organizations seem intent on ensuring that this uniformity is as lax as possible.

Proposed penalties - a two-year suspension for the first offense and a lifetime ban for a second positive test - are criticized by these orgnaization because "A two-year penalty is, effectively, career-ending."

What aren't they getting? If you cheat, you shouldn't be allowed a career in the sport. Period.

That being said, the tests must be verifiable and absolutely accurate to avoid the current fiasco that is the Tyler Hamilton situation.