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Commentary
June 4th, 2014

Dan Marino Removes His Name From Concussion Lawsuit

This week, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino signed on to the concussion lawsuit against the NFL and quickly backed out again. Bill Littlefield explores the implications of such a move.

Commentary
May 21st, 2014

Latest NFL Lawsuit Alleges Reckless Drug Misuse

Eight former NFL players have filed a lawsuit claiming the league encouraged a haywire drug culture. Bill Littlefield explores how the NFL might face a backlash it can’t settle peacefully.

OAG 20th Anniversary
May 17th, 2014

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft On Belichick, Politics And Football Safety

In a wide-ranging conversation, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft tells Bill Littlefield, “We’ve done a very poor job in educating mothers — young mothers — how really safe the game is.”

OAG 20th Anniversary
May 17th, 2014

Bob Ryan, Andrea Kremer And Will Leitch On Sports Reporting

How has sports writing evolved over the past decades? To tackle that question, the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan, NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer and Sports On Earth’s Will Leitch joined Bill Littlefield.

Feature
April 26th, 2014
By Susan Valot

Can CTE Be Detected In The Living?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease thought to be caused by repeated blows to the head, has no treatment or cure. But that hasn’t stopped former football players from lining up for an experimental test that might offer a diagnosis. Susan Valot reports.

In The News
January 18th, 2014

NFL Settlement Remains Unsettled

The NFL’s settlement with former players suffering from the effects of concussions is on hold. Judge Anita Brody wants more proof that the proposed $765 million is enough. ESPN’s Mark Fainaru-Wada joins Bill to discuss the proceedings.

Commentary
January 15th, 2014

Too Little Compensation For NFL’s Concussions

Just before the current NFL season began, the league agreed to pay $765-million in compensation for post-concussion disorders. This week the judge examining the terms of that settlement said, “Not so fast.” Bill Littlefield is among those anticipating a better deal for the retired players.

Commentary
December 18th, 2013

Hoping For New Rules In The New Year

Last week Major League Baseball unveiled a new rule aimed at reducing head injuries. Bill Littlefield hopes more changes in other sports are on the way in 2014.

OAG's 20th Anniversary
November 30th, 2013
By Michelle Seaton

Former Football Prospects Look Back

In 1996, Michelle Seaton spent a season with the football program at Needham High School in Needham, Mass., reporting on the team’s top prospects and how they navigated the college recruiting process. As part of our celebration of OAG’s 20th anniversary, we asked Seaton to reconnect with former players Jim Bode and Sean Connor.

In The News
November 30th, 2013

The NHL: The Latest League Locked In Lawsuit

Just months after the NFL settled for $765 million, a group of NHL players have sued that league for failing to protect them against concussions. Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann explains why this lawsuit is different.

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