Bettman, Saskin to testify at steroids hearings

Updated: September 27, 2005, 4:21 PM ET
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin are going to take the stand.

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The Canadian Press reports the pair will be in Washington on Wednesday to testify before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation -- one of four U.S. Congressional Committees looking into steroid policies in U.S. athletics, and the possible need for federal legislation which would mandate certain standards.

Others that will also be in attendance: MLB commissioner Bud Selig, union chief Donald Fehr, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and NFL union counterpart Gene Upshaw, NBA commissioner David Stern and union president Antonio Davis. Union boss Billy Hunter is unable to attend.

The league and union leaders will be asked to comment on draft legislation being proposed by the committee. Two bills, the Clean Sports Act and the Professional Sports Integrity and Accountability Act, are on the table right now.

Bettman and former NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow last testified on May 18, but at that point, the new CBA was not in place.

The Canadian Press reports that the NHL and NHLPA will defend their new anti-doping policy, where players are randomly tested up to a maximum of twice a season. First-time offenders are suspended 20 games, second-time offenders 60 games and a third-time offense will result in a lifetime ban.