NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed frustration on Thursday over the stalled attempts by the league to implement HGH testing. The league has worked with the NFL Players Association and came close to an agreement in late August before negotiations ended over issues with Goodell’s power over the appeals process.
“We have tried everything we can to compromise on a variety of issues,” Goodell said, quoted by NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus.
“We believe it’s the right thing for the safety of the players. We believe it’s the right thing for the game. We think it’s right thing to send a message to the youth, that this is out. It’s time to get this done. We agreed to this in the collective bargaining agreement two years ago. We have worked to address all these issues, and we believe we’ve done that.”
When asked why Goodell needed to have the power over the appeals process, Goodell called it “a reputation issue”.
Without a quick agreement, another season will likely come and go without HGH testing in the NFL.