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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Commissioner Selig proposes tough steroid penalties


The US Congress has taken up the fight against anabolic steroids and threatened to make pro-sports leagues "pay". Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig must have seen the writing on the wall when he made his recent comments to toughen up baseball's recently negotiated steroid rules. Selig's asking players to agree to a 50-game suspension for first-time steroid offenders, a 100-game suspension for a second offense, and to a lifetime ban for a third violation. In his letter to MLB union head Donald Fehr, he also asks for a ban on amphetamines, more frequent random tests and the appointment of an independent administrator of the MLB drug-testing program. Under current rules, a first steroid offense gets a ten-day suspension and a second calls for 30 days while the league does not punish amphetamine use.

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