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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls during the 1970s, and the players remained close long after they left the field. Gary Pomerantz, author of ‘Their Life’s Work,’ joins Bill along with NFL Hall of Famers “Mean Joe” Greene and Franco Harris.
Pop Warner football teaches the game to kids as young as five. But, participation has dropped by more than 9 percent over two seasons. ESPN’s Mark Fainaru-Wada joins Bill to explain the decline.
Josephine Pucci’s third concussion was so bad that the Harvard senior had to not only leave the ice, but also had to withdraw from college. But Pucci is playing hockey again and has a shot at going to the 2014 Olympics. Bill Littlefield reports.
After weeks of anticipation, the Frontline documentary “League of Denial” aired Tuesday. The movie–and its accompanying book–sharply criticize the NFL’s handling of the concussion crisis. But will anything change? Bill Littlefield weighs in.