Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/22/13

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell watches teams warm up prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
How much power should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have when it comes to doling out player punishments? The answer to that question seems to be one of the only things standing in the way of the NFL and and the NFL Player's Association agreeing to future HGH testing. And if the league and the union don't get things squared away soon Congress could get involved. In a statement to the Associated Press Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland took the union to task for not implementing HGH testing "Continuing to block HGH testing in this way essentially will force Congress to intervene which nobody wants." The stalemate here revolves around how much power Goodell should have. The NFL wants to keep things similar to how they are now: Goodell would hear all appeals involving player arrests grand jury testimony and instances where there is demonstrated use of HGH or PED's. The union doesn't want Goodell's iron fist making a ruling on all those issues the union would prefer a panel of arbitrators handle it. The two sides have already agreed that instead of Goodell an arbitration panel would dole out the punishment for any positive HGH or PED tests. Under the union's current proposal a non-HGH or PED suspension similar to Ben Roethlisberger's in 2010 would be handled by an arbitration panel rather than Goodell. As would all player arrests.
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