Thursday, January 10, 2008

MLB vs. PED Part Infinite

Major League Baseball plans to join forces with the NFL, the Olympic Committee and and the US Anti-Doping agency in the hopes that it will help Bud Selig further scapegoat use of performance-enhancing-drugs curtail drug-use in professional sports.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The United States Olympic Committee (USOC), United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League (NFL) announced today the formation of a landmark research collaborative designed to further curtail the use of banned and illegal substances in sport.

The Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC) will, for the first time ever, combine the resources and expertise of many of America's leading sports entities to underwrite meaningful and scientifically-legitimate anti-doping research. Beginning this year, the focus of the PCC will be to fundraise and make targeted grants in support of non-partisan and independent scientific research to be conducted at universities and other world-class research institutions. Priorities for the collaborative will include underwriting research that addresses:

• New methods to more cost-effectively detect and deter the use of banned and illegal substances at every level of sport

• Identification and detection of designer substances the consequences of doping, from both a medical and ethical perspective

• The further development of a widely-available, cost-effective test to detect Human Growth Hormone (HGH) As the initial Founding Partners, the USOC, USADA, MLB and NFL have collectively committed to contribute $10 million to this landmark collaborative. Each Founding Partner will have one representative on the Board of Governors, which will oversee the research collaborative.

Also participating and contributing financially to the research collaborative are the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL) and Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). The Founding Partners will seek to raise additional funds and include other entities (both sport and non-sport) in the collaborative as well.

Instead of playing baseball games, how about just lining up all stars so MLB can test their urine samples on live television. It will be like the ultimate reality t.v. show, only the athletics aspect will probably suffer.

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