Sen. Commerce Comm. to grill Selig, Fehr, on steroid use in MLB
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Baseball Commissioner, Union Leader Go to Hill to Talk About Steroids
By Frederic J. Frommer Associated Press Writer
Published: Mar 9, 2004
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are ready to give major league baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and players' union leader Donald Fehr the Capitol Hill equivalent of a high and tight fastball.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., scheduled a hearing Wednesday to grill Selig and Fehr about why baseball does not have a more comprehensive drug testing plan, like those of the National Football League and other professional leagues.
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and players union chief Gene Upshaw also were scheduled to testify at the hearing.
The committee also plans to discuss legislation that would ban over-the-counter sales of androstenedione, a steroidlike supplement that baseball slugger Mark McGwire used the year he broke the single-season home run record, and the newly detected steroid THG.
The House author of that legislation, Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., said the hearing will be the start of an intense examination by both houses of Congress of steroid use in sports, an issue President Bush touched on in his State of the Union address.
"It's sad to watch my favorite sport not be able to get itself away from and out from this problem," said Sweeney, who will testify at the hearing along with the bill's Senate sponsor, Joe Biden, D-Del.
Sweeney called baseball's testing policy "woefully inadequate," and argued that Congress has some leverage to change things, such as taking a look at public financing of stadiums.
But he also said "the public pressure in and of itself" will force baseball and its union to take the issue more seriously.
"I've heard the argument that fans don't care, they just want to see home runs," Sweeney said. "I don't think that's true, especially for the fans who have kids."
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Senate Commerce Committee: http://www.commerce.senate.gov
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| By goldtymer on Tuesday, March 09, 2004 - 05:59 pm:|
Never mind holding the exemption hostage.