Written by Maury Brown
Thursday, 15 May 2008 03:56
Meeting in Milwaukee, the quarterly owners meetings will commence today, with one thing certain: ratification of the newly adjusted Joint Drug Agreement will be forthcoming. The new agreement dissolves the Health Policy Advisory Committee (comprised of management and union officials) and HPAC’s responsibilities for the administration of the Program on performance-enhancing substances have been delegated to the Independent Program Administrator (IPA), Dr. Bryan Smith, creating a more independent testing system. The program adds 600 tests per year (making the total number of tests 3600), an average of three per player per year. The Independent Program Administrator is authorized to conduct up to 375 off-season tests over his three-year initial term, which will, on average, more than double the amount of off-season testing.
It was unanimously approved by MLB's Executive Council yesterday. The players will also need to ratify the agreement.
(see complete details of the new drug testing agreement)
Other issues to be discussed at the quarterly meetings:
- According to The Associated Press, Commissioner Selig hinted that punishments have been handed down to team executives in connection with the Mitchell Report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, coming in the form of community service.
“I have stated, and it’s sort of been misunderstood, anybody who has been disciplined is doing a lot of community service,” Selig said. “And I think most people involved believe that was their discipline. But there’s nothing new.”
Could this be part of the reason why managing partner Peter Magowan is scheduled to leave the Giants organization on Friday?
- The financial books for the sale of the Cubs have been delivered, and owners will discuss the sale of one of baseball’s premier clubs.
- Lastly, MLB COO Bob DuPuy will not be in attendance, due to two leg surgeries. According to the Sports Business Daily, “one to correct a pre-existing injury, and a second to address a recently torn quadriceps muscle.” While DuPuy will not be there physically, he is expected to attend via conference call.