National Basketball Assn.
If there is suspicion of drug use, a third party evaluates evidence. If there is reasonable cause, four tests are given over a period of six weeks. If any of the tests is positive, the player can be banned for life. A player treated for drug use more than three times may be banned for a minimum of two years. A player banned for life may petition for re-entry to the league after two years.
STATUS The NBA's drug testing policy is part of its 1983 collective bargaining agreement. The agreement expires in June of 1987.
No drug testing of major league players. There is some random testing of front-office personnel and in the minor leagues.
STATUS The Commissioner's office wants mandatory testing, but the Players Assn. doesn't. The outcome may be decided when arbitrator rules on interpretation of current collective bargaining agreement; decision possibly as early as next week.