NSAC to toughen penalties for failed drug screens

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                    <p>In May Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill no. 498 into law, providing funding for out-of-competition testing through an adjustment in promoter taxes.<br />



Presently promotions pay one dollar for each ticket sold for a sanctioned professional MMA or boxing event with gross receipts of over $500,000. Smaller events pay 50 cents for each ticket sold. In 2010 the UFC held six events in Nevada, drawing over 40,000 paid fans in total. Those sales resulted in Nevada earning $39,189.50 in fees. Starting July 1, these fees now help fund the testing program.


The commissioners now also aim to soon institute stiffer penalties for those failing screens.



"We are seeing an increasing amount of these diuretics," commissioner Pat Lundvall said. "I think it is getting to be almost a problem.


"I'm trying to figure out a way by which we can ensure that fighters understand that this is something that is prohibited. It is for their own good, and this is not something that can be treated lightly."



Commissioner Francisco Aguilar echoed Lundvall's concerns. "I think going forward, we need to increase the penalties for fighters. I think this commission has given them proper notice at this point to say, 'This is not going to be taken lightly anymore. This is a serious issue.'"


"My thought process is that it looks like the past three (hearings) that we've done, we've ranged between eight and nine months for the suspension," Lundvall said. "That's something that moving forward at this point in time, I'd like to give serious consideration to future suspensions being 12 months and the penalty would be up to 50 percent (of purse)."



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That worse than yellow cards.

Good

This is a move in the COMPLETE wrong direction.

Stop testing, allow use.

Benefits:

1. better fights
2. more in shape fighters with less injuries
3. less fights canceled due to injury
4. sped up return after injury
5. no more scandal crap, no more ruining fighter's lives
6. Tons of money saved on testing that can be put to better use
7. FINALLY a level playing field (since MANY already cheat), and there will ALWAYS be ways to beat ANY testing method or protocol.

hankhill - I heard If someone fails a drug test in the future they will get slapped on the wrist TWICE!!!


Now THATS more like it :)

before I start, I am NOT a NSAC hater, I am against fighters using PEDs, and I am for tougher punishment.



that being said, there is NO WAY they will be able to test "out of competition", you are talking about a GLOBAL sport, with fighters from ALL OVER THE WORLD, that part of the bill will fail, and fail bad...



the UFC roster changes from fight to fight, will you then monitor EVERY fighter in the world? they may be a last minute replacement on a UFC card, yet they were never subjected to random testing, is that fair to the other athletes?



props to the NSAC for trying to clean up the sport, but this was a poor decision that will do nothing more than waste hard earned, tax payer dollars, of course that is in my most humble of opinions...

Cyril Jeff - before I start, I am NOT a NSAC hater, I am against fighters using PEDs, and I am for tougher punishment.

that being said, there is NO WAY they will be able to test "out of competition", you are talking about a GLOBAL sport, with fighters from ALL OVER THE WORLD, that part of the bill will fail, and fail bad...

the UFC roster changes from fight to fight, will you then monitor EVERY fighter in the world? they may be a last minute replacement on a UFC card, yet they were never subjected to random testing, is that fair to the other athletes?

props to the NSAC for trying to clean up the sport, but this was a poor decision that will do nothing more than waste hard earned, tax payer dollars, of course that is in my most humble of opinions...


Good post (except the first paragraph haha)

Wait a sec!!!

in 2010 the ufc had 6 events in Nevada that they claim only sold 40,000 tickets total????

thats like 6600 people per show, I thought the UFC was claiming these huge sold out crowds

.. is Dana cheating on his taxes?

I'm pretty sure promoters pay per ticket even if it is unpaid. They are paid per attendance, not just for tickets sold. Comps count towards the total as well

46and2 - This is a move in the COMPLETE wrong direction.

Stop testing, allow use.

Benefits:

1. better fights
2. more in shape fighters with less injuries
3. less fights canceled due to injury
4. sped up return after injury
5. no more scandal crap, no more ruining fighter's lives
6. Tons of money saved on testing that can be put to better use
7. FINALLY a level playing field (since MANY already cheat), and there will ALWAYS be ways to beat ANY testing method or protocol.


Fuck this is stupid. Just because 1 fighter does not care about his body and just wants to win, every other fighter will have to destroy themselves just to keep up.

PEDS should always be illegal. The definition should change but thats a whole other issue.

smac3dot0 - 
Cyril Jeff - before I start, I am NOT a NSAC hater, I am against fighters using PEDs, and I am for tougher punishment.



that being said, there is NO WAY they will be able to test "out of competition", you are talking about a GLOBAL sport, with fighters from ALL OVER THE WORLD, that part of the bill will fail, and fail bad...



the UFC roster changes from fight to fight, will you then monitor EVERY fighter in the world? they may be a last minute replacement on a UFC card, yet they were never subjected to random testing, is that fair to the other athletes?



props to the NSAC for trying to clean up the sport, but this was a poor decision that will do nothing more than waste hard earned, tax payer dollars, of course that is in my most humble of opinions...





plenty of global sports have out of competition testing and many are now using a biological passport to catch dopers. in most cases only the very top guys are subject to (or likely to be) tested out of competition. the funds come from licensing fees, promotion fees, sponsor fees, not tax payers. nevada doesn't even have a state income tax and i can't think of another tax bucket that could be made to fund this.



without out of competition testing you can't develop a biological passport and without a biological passport it's difficult or impossible to target the most suspect athletes. under the current mma testing system you have to be beyond dumb to get caught. coming up with a real strategy now, while the sport is in it's infancy makes the most sense.


can you please share the "plenty of global sports" that have out of competition testing?

I already addressed the USADA in an earlier post...



it will probably be impossible for the NSAC to implement, can you imagine the scope of what we are talking about here? the UFC alone has HUNDREDS of fighters under contract from all over the world...

 

ILOVEFIGHTING - 
46and2 - This is a move in the COMPLETE wrong direction.

Stop testing, allow use.

Benefits:

1. better fights
2. more in shape fighters with less injuries
3. less fights canceled due to injury
4. sped up return after injury
5. no more scandal crap, no more ruining fighter's lives
6. Tons of money saved on testing that can be put to better use
7. FINALLY a level playing field (since MANY already cheat), and there will ALWAYS be ways to beat ANY testing method or protocol.


Fuck this is stupid. Just because 1 fighter does not care about his body and just wants to win, every other fighter will have to destroy themselves just to keep up.

PEDS should always be illegal. The definition should change but thats a whole other issue.


Where do I start here.....

First off, "just because 1 fighter......"

1 fighter???? It's the majority man, whether you believe it or not, that use.

Second, "just because.....doesn't care about his body and just wants to win"

Well, your lack of education on the matter shines through here in a glaring fashion.

Third "every other fighter will have to destroy themselves just to keep up"

Wow, that the FAWK are you talking about? The guys that are going to have health problems from steroids are pro bodybuilders using INSANE amounts. The doses MMA athletes should be using would be low enough as to notice hardly ANY side effects or long term effects.

This is why I wish some of you guys would just do some damned research on this matter, for the love of God.

Take two fighters with the same genetics and put them through the exact same training, same fights, same injuries throughout their career, etc.

One fighter does not ever use an anabolic, the second fighter is educated and uses small amounts to assist with recovery and injury healing.

I would bet you that come retirement, the person who used PEDs would have LESS health problems than the person who didn't. He will have less lingering injuries from all the years and years and years of intense training which puts athlete's hormones down to very low levels (hindering their bodies ability to heal itself) .

It's not the devil. At reasonable doses the side effects are VERY small. The side effects, long term effects, social effects, EVERYTHING have all been overstated by the media and government.

Im not trying to sway your opinion on whether they are wrong or not, but Im just telling you they aren't anywhere near as bad as what you all have heard.

It's just hard to sit back and see so many people basing their opinion on something SO strongly that they are SO very poorly educated about (to the point of "knowing" false information)

Basically all Im talking about here is allowing "TRT" type doses for these guys. I don't want em all running around juiced up like Kerr back in the day (that's not needed, and as we all saw, it did not help him as a fighter to be THAT juiced up!) If you are on massive amounts of roids, you will be a SHITTY fighter unless you end the fight quick.

I just want the guys to be able to keep training SUPER hard so they can entertain us, not have so many injuries, and not have all this scandal, money spent, fight decisions changed, etc all because 98% of the world is completely ignorant about PEDs to the point they have been purposefully misled their entire life about them.

Sorry for my ramble and bad grammar, had to write that real quick during break....

Peace!@

smac3dot0 - 
Cyril Jeff - 
smac3dot0 - 
Cyril Jeff - before I start, I am NOT a NSAC hater, I am against fighters using PEDs, and I am for tougher punishment.



that being said, there is NO WAY they will be able to test "out of competition", you are talking about a GLOBAL sport, with fighters from ALL OVER THE WORLD, that part of the bill will fail, and fail bad...



the UFC roster changes from fight to fight, will you then monitor EVERY fighter in the world? they may be a last minute replacement on a UFC card, yet they were never subjected to random testing, is that fair to the other athletes?



props to the NSAC for trying to clean up the sport, but this was a poor decision that will do nothing more than waste hard earned, tax payer dollars, of course that is in my most humble of opinions...





plenty of global sports have out of competition testing and many are now using a biological passport to catch dopers. in most cases only the very top guys are subject to (or likely to be) tested out of competition. the funds come from licensing fees, promotion fees, sponsor fees, not tax payers. nevada doesn't even have a state income tax and i can't think of another tax bucket that could be made to fund this.



without out of competition testing you can't develop a biological passport and without a biological passport it's difficult or impossible to target the most suspect athletes. under the current mma testing system you have to be beyond dumb to get caught. coming up with a real strategy now, while the sport is in it's infancy makes the most sense.


can you please share the "plenty of global sports" that have out of competition testing?

I already addressed the USADA in an earlier post...



it will probably be impossible for the NSAC to implement, can you imagine the scope of what we are talking about here? the UFC alone has HUNDREDS of fighters under contract from all over the world...

 




USADA is a national extension of WADA. I could probably get a comprehensive list, but off the top of my head cycling and soccer. Both of which have a ton more athletes than the UFC.
so glad you mentioned both soccer and cycling, what do you think the budget comparisons between soccer/cycling and the NVAC are? I would love to know how much the Comish is allocating for the random testing...

 

smac3dot0 - i'm not suggesting the NVAC commission should try to take on or fund this individually. it would have to be an organized effort between multiple commissions and needs to be funded by the promotions and fines from failed tests. it could also be a very limited set of athletes who are subject to random testing (at least to start). perhaps just champions and their next opponent as well as fighters who have headlined in the last 12 months or are scheduled to headline. if the ufc is committed to cleaning up the sport they should fund it.



figuring out what the budget for a sport like cycling is nearly impossible. each country has a budget for this, in some countries their olympic committee, governing body for cycling, federal government, and local governments ALL perform testing. many countries have criminalized doping in sport. in most cases i believe it is largely funded by the teams and the race promoters.



just the act of having to disclose your whereabouts 24/7 and knowing you could get tested is a big deterrent. first time offense two years, second offense done for life.


great points, but that's just it, that is what Nevada seems to think they can do? would be similar to the Tour de Luxe in Luxembourg deciding they will radomly test all cyclist, even in the off season, I just don't see how this is feasibly possible...




NSAC doesnt care if people cheat. all ya get is a slap on the wrist. if they were serious youd see some lifetime bans. people know when they are cheating