A: Under baseball's drug policy there would be virtually no repercussions for a player who is a first-time offender. An NFL player's punishment would be at the discretion of the commissioner and could include a fine and/or suspension.
Q: What about the track and field athletes?
A: If the investigation reveals drug use by three-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones or sprinters Tim Montgomery or Kelli White—who also testified before the grand jury—they could be suspended for two years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Q: Will the BALCO investigation affect the Athens Olympics?
A: It could, and dramatically. The women's 100-meter final could be a duel between Jones and White. But Jones
was listed as a BALCO client on the company's website, and White trained under indicted coach Korchemny and
tested positive last summer for modafinil, a now-banned stimulant that BALCO allegedly distributed to athletes.
Q: What happens next and when does it happen?
A: There is no time frame, but it seems likely that investigators will now attempt to pressure the four men who were indicted into ratting out their former customers and clients. Usually, the feds start with drug users and progress upward toward the dealers, but in this case they are methodically working their way down to the famous athletes who are their ultimate prize.