League on a mission, but not headhunting

The beginning of the official moratorium on ephedra does not mean there'll be an immediate rash of positive tests.

Updated: July 1, 2002, 2:57 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

An over-the-counter dose of reality might be in order for those fans, and perhaps even players, who believe that the league will be out in full force Monday, the first day it is permitted to legally screen for the now-banned stimulant ephedra.

No, the league did not dispatch a legion of doctors and laboratory technicians -- armed with urine sample jars and the kind of paraphernalia normally inherent to drug testing -- from its Park Avenue offices. There is no bonus payment to the first lab ...

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