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The NFL and Congress

by Jerry Bader

Some people often wonder why Congress involves itself  with these matters concerning the major sports leagues. It's because the leagues function the way they do, as legal monopolies, because of an anti-trust exemption granted by Congress. And what Congress gives, it can take away.That said, it seems Congress, or specific members, tend use this leverage from time to time to make headlines.

I'm one who always says elected officials can walk and chew gum at the same time, but hearings on HGH use in the NFL will clearly be a distraction. And I'm among those who believe HGH use in the NFL is rampant, including in the Upper Midwest. But as the House of Representatives seems to be the only option for investigating the Obama administration scandals, a circus with dodging and evading NFL players before Congress wouldn't be my first choice right now.