Lawmakers to Introduce 'Clean Sports Act'
Update: Selig Supports Legislation if Necessary
(U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), center, accompanied by L-R, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA), Congressman Henry Waxman, (D-CA) and Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN), introduces legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 24, 2005. The bipartisan House and Senate members will introduce the "Clean Sports Act of 2005" in hopes of making sports safer and strengthen the testing procedures and tougher penalties for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the four major sports / Reuters Photo)
"If the professional leagues had taken action,
we would not be here today" -- Sen. John McCain
Breaking News: Lawmakers will introduce a proposal that would set uniform drug standards for the four major U.S. professional team sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) requiring athletes to be tested at least five times a year and suspended for two years for a first violation.
From CNN: "Major League Baseball was going to impose very severe restraints. I'm glad to hear that, but as far as I know there's been no action. As far as I know, what's still on the punishment for the first time infraction is a 10-day suspension or up to a $10,000 fine." -- U.S. Senator John McCain
From CNN: "The Clean Sports Act sets tough minimum standards for what substances and methods must be tested for and for penalties for violation. We ensure that our professional sports will have standards at least as tough as the Olympics." -- U.S. Representative Thomas Davis
From CNN: "We'll get the bill moving rapidly under the leadership of Chairman Davis and Mr. Waxman, hopefully the same thing we'll do in the Senate. And if they don't act, this bill will be law before they have the time to act... This bill is greased. It's going to move rapidly." -- Mark Souder, subcommittee chairman