I assume that reduces their marketability as a free agent.
I think they are going to be pretty carefull with this whole situation. They won't name a name unless they have ALOT of proof for fear of a lawsuit. I am guessing players will be omitted and treated like those whose names came up (Glaus, Matthews, etc) but had little proof. The only ones being suspended will be the ones that have a great deal of proof.
the nfl already has a very strict drug policy.
Ultimatly baseball is a business and i believe whole heartedly that Selig will not infact do what is best for baseball as a sport (ban, ban, & ban), but will do what is best for baseball as a business (slap on the write suspensions). Frankly, It pisses me off.
Is using steroids cheating? That's the question... some say yes. Some make the argument that it's just using technology. I personally think that it's cheating.
If you cork a bat, you are suspended a few games.
Bet on baseball, you're kicked out for life.
I just don't know where steroid use falls in line. I think it's got be a little closer to the latter of the two. So you suspend the steroid user for fifteen games... do you think that magically the steroids have cleared their system and they're back to their pre-roid state?!? Really?!? WTF is a fifteen game suspension going to do?
How about if you're caught, take a year out to think about what your priorities are. Then, if/when, you come back, you're on a regimented program of tests to make sure that you don't continue to cheat.
Okay, this post got out of hand. I apologize and I need to get back to work... arg!
I agree that putting a microscope on the NFL could be frightening.
I do think the NFL handles substance abuse better than any other league - but thinking the NFL is void of these problems is naive.
I need only remind you of this:
Only 50 players. All that time and money are we only get 50 names. I was thinking it would be in the 150 player range, that would be about 5 per team, or about 20% of baseball. Heck 50 players is just over 5% of the sport.
Who are the heroes in baseball?
First, Pete Rose with the most hits and gambling. Then Barry Bonds with the most homeruns and the clear/roids. At this rate next it will be Roger Clemons with hundreds of pitching victories and HGH.
I am not naive... I realize that the NFL has its own drug problems, but they are much more manageable with a strict substance abuse policy.
I heard 80 people on ESPN's bottom line...apparently there are a lot of BIG names too, Cy young winners, MVP winners, etc.
Cracking down on steroid use is good and long overdue, but I think naming names is a joke as there is likely another several hundred players that used in the last 15 plus years and won't be named. I'm sure it would be the same in pro and d-1 college football, and I don't think a lot of us would want to know the names. A lot of owners, athletic directors and coaches have looked the other way until recently, but I'm sure we won't hear any of their names.