Comparing the steroid policies

How MLB and other professional sports' steroid testing policies stand.

Originally Published: November 15, 2005
ESPN.com news services

Steroid Penalties
Penalties for positive tests for steroid use in various pro sports:
  1st test 2nd test 3rd test 4th test 5th test
MLB
(Nov. '05)
50 gms 100 gms *Lifetime ban -- --
MLB
(Jan. '05)
10 days 30 days 60 days 1 year Commissioner's decision
MLB
(2002)
Counseling 15 days 25 days 50 days 1 year
Minor leagues 15 gms 30 gms 60 gms 1 year Lifetime ban
NFL 4-game minimum 6-game minimum 1-year minimum 1-year minimum 1-year minimum
NBA 5 gms 10 gms 25 gms 25 gms 25 gms
NHL No testing        
Olympics 2 years Lifetime ban      
* -- subject to right to seek reinstatement after two years of suspension, with arbitral review of reinstatement decision.

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