NEW YORK — The NFL players' union proposed Thursday conducting a study of players that accurately reflects the natural level of HGH in their systems.
The union has claimed its players might have a higher natural level of human growth hormone than the general population, and it also has balked at testing procedures approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that the league has recommended.
Instead, the NFLPA is proposing "a comprehensive HGH testing program that begins with a population study" of players to establish a test standard "that accurately reflects the population of NFL players."
The NFL was set to institute HGH testing even before the season began, but it became stalled as the NFLPA sought more data.
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A league spokesman said Thursday of the union's suggestion: "The proposal is deficient in numerous respects and consistent with the NFLPA's ongoing strategy to delay testing as long as possible."
Vikings owner will pay less for downtown stadium
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Thursday the team would spend significantly less than the $400 million it has pledged to help build a new stadium if it's not located on the team's preferred site in suburban St. Paul. The Vikings have committed the money to support a $1.1 billion stadium plan at a sprawling site in Arden Hills, which the team favors for its long-term development potential. Some political and business leaders favor keeping the team in downtown Minneapolis, where a handful of more compact sites are an option.
Touchbacks up 30 percent
Want to grab a snack or take a bathroom break during an NFL game without missing any action? Just wait for a kickoff.
The chance of even seeing a return is just 53.8 percent. That means nothing happens almost half the time. Not a single second is wasted on the game clock.
When the league's competition committee decided in March to move kickoffs up to the 35-yard line, everyone expected more touchbacks. That's what they got. Touchbacks are up nearly 30 percent from this time last year.
The rule change was made for safety purposes because reducing the number of returns decreases chances of injury.