Peep Show

Updated: January 30, 2004, 11:35 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
NFL: One of the complaints players have voiced about the league's strict new policy against supplements is that some of the legal things they take might contain banned substances that aren't noted in the ingredients. The NFL Players Association has listened and has announced a program in which it would certify that certain tested supplements do not contain any substances banned by NFL policies. The new program will be administered by NSF International of Ann Arbor, Mich., and products will carry a label certifying they contain no banned substances. "We're not encouraging supplements," Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFLPA, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're not saying they work." But he acknowledged that many players take supplements, anyway, and if they take those tested in this program, "We can be sure there are no banned substances in them."

Denver Broncos: Apparently the Broncos need more than just the steady hand of Mike Shanahan to keep them competitive. The team announced Thursday the it is raising ticket prices on more than half the seats at Invesco Field at Mile High for the second consecutive season. "This is a necessary step we had to take as an organization to ensure that we put the best team on the field," Joe Ellis, the Broncos' executive vice president of business operations, told the Denver Post. "Ticket price increases are never met with glee by our season ticket-holders, and they never will be. But I will say that given that fans want and desire the same thing the organization does - to win championships - they may not like the increases, but generally they're fair and understanding as to why they have to occur." Tell that to fans who haven't seen the Broncos win a playoff game since 1999.

Green Bay Packers: It could be a little more difficult for the team to keep T Chad Clifton off the free-agent market. The figures for tender-offer and franchise and transition-player designations were released Thursday, and if the Packers want to designate Clifton their franchise player they immediately would have to count $7.021 million against their salary cap, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The transition tag for Clifton would count $6.012 million. Currently the Packers are less than $4 million under the 2004 cap.