The congressional committee that investigated steroid use in baseball will turn its investigation to the same problem in football. The panel said yesterday it will ask NFL officials and union representatives to testify at a hearing next week.
"A public review of the NFL's strategy for combating steroid use marks the next step in our investigation," said Rep. Tom Davis, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee. "Examining the effectiveness of the NFL's policy is a key part of understanding why 500,000 high school students today have tried steroids."
Invited to the April 27 hearing are NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue; Gene Upshaw, vice president of the NFL Players Association; and Harold Henderson, the NFL's executive vice president for labor relations. REDSKINS: Paying a hefty price for a short-term gain, the Redskins acquired the No. 25 overall pick from the Broncos. In exchange, Washington gave up its third-round selection (No. 76 overall) in this year's draft and picks in the first and fourth rounds in 2006. The trade allows the Redskins to take care of both of their most pressing needs - cornerback and receiver - in one afternoon. Washington holds the ninth and 25th picks, with the flexibility to trade up or down to get the players the team has targeted. TRADE: The Raiders traded disgruntled cornerback Phillip Buchanon to the Texans for two draft picks. An NFL source with knowledge of the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that Oakland would receive a second-round and third-round pick in this weekend's NFL draft. The teams hadn't officially announced the swap as of last night, but the Raiders had been trying to trade Buchanon in recent weeks. The Washington Post reported in yesterday's editions that the Redskins were discussing a trade that would have sent the No. 9 pick to the Raiders for Buchanon. REVENUE SHARING: NFL owners again found little common ground on the issue. How much money the richest teams should share with the smaller market teams continues to stand in the way of progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement with the players. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, one of the high-revenue owners, had a quick response when asked if there had been any progress in the revenue-sharing debate at yesterday's special meeting at an Atlanta airport hotel. "None," Jones said. "We had a lot of good discussion, but not necessarily progress, just good discussion." Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun