Lockout halts MLB’s steroid testing program

One byproduct of MLB’s lockout is the league’s steroid testing has been halted for the first time in nearly 20 years, the Associated Press reported this week.

If there was no lockout, the league would still be able to drug test under the terms of the previous Joint Drug Agreement while negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the players union.

Because MLB implemented the lockout, the testing program unsurprisingly stopped in December.

It’s the first time in almost 20 years the league hasn’t tested players for performance enhancing drugs. MLB and the union agreed to the first Joint Drug Agreement in 2002, which began in 2003 with survey testing.

Urine testing for steroids began in 2004 and testing for banned amphetamines in 2006.

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