On Tuesday, the NCAA agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by establishing a $70 million fund designated for the diagnosis of brain trauma in college athletes. The decision shook loose one of Bill Littlefield’s memories from his college days.
A major change for the sport of boxing is on display at the Commonwealth Games. Male boxers at the Games in Glasgow are fighting without headgear. That same change is also coming to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Boxers have worn headgear during Olympic bouts since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
The NFL has agreed to pay former players for the long-term effects of concussions, but some are concerned the deal will exclude many of those who need help. Bill Littlefield speaks with Sports on Earth’s Patrick Hruby.
Former U.S. women’s national soccer team star Brandi Chastain doesn’t want kids to learn one of the important skills of the game. She explains her reasoning to Karen Given.
A new agreement would remove a cap on the total damages the NFL could pay retired players suffering from concussion-related health issues. Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins Bill Littlefield to explain the latest news.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.