This Note addresses the challenges and potential solutions for effective steroid testing in sports created by the ruling in Williams v. NFL. Part I focuses on the history and background of drug testing in sports. Part II discusses the current state of the law, problems that arise from the Eighth Circuit’s decision, and potential far-reaching effects as a result of the ruling. Part III offers some possible solutions for resolving the circuit split, along with the shortcomings of such solutions. Part IV concludes that the most likely solution for steroid deterrence must come from sports owners themselves, despite tremendous financial costs, to preserve the integrity of the game, protect players’ health, and deter drug usage by youth athletes. However, such a solution assumes that the owners truly want to rid steroids from sports—which in and of itself is hotly debated.
Roberta Furst Wolf, Conflicting Anti-Doping Laws in Professional Sports: Collective Bargaining Agreements v. State Law, 34 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1606 (2011).