Lawmakers ask NBA, NHL for drug-testing info

Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressmen looking into steroids in sports sent letters Tuesday to the heads of the NBA, NHL and five other groups asking for information about their drug-testing policies.

The House Government Reform Committee sent a similar request to the NFL last week.

''This is the compare-and-contrast phase of the investigation,'' said David Marin, spokesman for committee chairman Tom Davis, a Republican.

During the panel's 11-hour hearing on steroids in baseball last month several lawmakers threatened federal legislation to govern drug testing in baseball and possibly all U.S. sports.

The seven letters sent Tuesday were addressed to NBA commissioner David Stern, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, ATP CEO Mark Miles, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, U.S. Soccer Federation president Bob Contiguglia, USA Track & Field CEO Craig Masback and USA Cycling CEO Gerard Bisceglia.

''As the committee has stated publicly numerous times, its focus on the issue of performance-enhancing drug use in sports is not limited to professional baseball,'' Davis and the panel's ranking Democrat, Henry Waxman of California, said in the letter.

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