April 23rd, 2016

How The $1B Concussion Settlement Fails Former Players

Evidence of CTE has turned up in nearly all of the former NFL players whose brains have been examined. Yet many of the players suffering from the symptoms of CTE are unlikely to get relief under the terms of the concussion settlement affirmed by a federal court on Monday. Bill Littlefield has the story.

April 20th, 2016

Concussion Settlement Affirmed, But Fight Must Continue

On Monday, a settlement to which the NFL and retired players agreed was deemed acceptable by a U.S. court of appeals. The NFL hopes that’s the end of the story that began with thousands of former players suing the league. Bill Littlefield hopes it’s not.

March 26th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: NFL Studies, Buscaglia, Retirement Tours

Should more media attention be paid to women’s sports? Have athlete retirement tours gotten out of hand? And, in the wake of another damning New York Times report, should Roger Goodell to be ousted as NFL commissioner? Sports writer Erik Malinowski and Only A Game’s Karen Given join Bill Littlefield.

March 16th, 2016

NFL Finally Acknowledges Link Between Football And Brain Disease

This week, the National Football League reversed its field. Or at least one of its vice presidents did. Bill Littlefield finds that development as encouraging as it was surprising.

March 5th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Aroldis Chapman, Brandi Chastain, MLS

Does the MLB handle domestic violence cases better than the NFL? Why is Brandi Chastain’s donation of her brain to CTE research so important? And will soccers’ detractors ever change their tune? Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby joins Bill Littlefield and Karen Given.

February 13th, 2016

King Henry VIII Might Have Had CTE

King Henry VIII is remembered for marrying six women…and beheading two of them. But what if Henry VIII was more than just a bad husband? What if some of his erratic behavior can be traced back to a jousting match and the same degenerative brain condition that now affects former athletes?

February 10th, 2016

WWE Wrestler Daniel Bryan Pinned By Concussions

This week Deadspin editor Timothy Burke wrote that “the scripted world of pro wrestling cares more about its athletes’ brains than the NFL does.” Bill Littlefield investigates what led Burke to come to that conclusion.

February 6th, 2016

Super Bowl Veteran Dave Pear: ‘It Just Wasn’t Worth It To Me’

Retired Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dave Pear is left with two reminders of his NFL career: a diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring and a nightmare that has stayed with him for the past 37 years. Reporter Alex Ashley has the story.

February 6th, 2016

‘The Game’s Not Over’ Seeks Middle Ground In Football Debate

In an increasingly polarized debate over the merits of American football, Gregg Easterbrook tries to present a middle position in his new book “The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football.”

January 16th, 2016

Daniel Carcillo: Adjusting To Life After The NHL

Inspired by the death of a friend and teammate, former Chicago Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo is now working to help athletes adjust to life after hockey. He tells his story, In His Own Words.

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