WASHINGTON — Federal Judge Barrington Parker will hear arguments from the National Football League and the NFL Players Assn. today in a hearing on the union's request for a court order to block Commissioner Pete Rozelle's new drug-testing plan.
A spokesman for Parker, a judge of the District Court of the District of Columbia, said Thursday that the hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. EDT, and the judge "will rule on the temporary restraining order after the hearing."
The union is seeking a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against the commissioner's drug plan, which would make the NFL the first major professional sports league in the United States to require random testing of players for illegal drugs.
The temporary restraining order is a 10-day legal barrier that would prevent Rozelle from implementing the drug-testing plan until the union's opposition to the program can be heard by a neutral arbitrator. The preliminary injunction would have the same effect but is longer lasting.