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.
Former NFL quarterback Walter “Bubby” Brister shares his thoughts on the NFL’s recent $765 million settlement with more than 4,500 former players. Brister, one of the plaintiffs, estimates he suffered more than 20 concussions during his career, but he tells Bill Littlefield he has no regrets.
The NFL settled its lawsuit with more than 4,500 former players for $765 million on Thursday. To analyze the pros and cons of the deal, Bill Littlefield spoke with Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann.
ESPN has pulled out of a partnership with the PBS series “Frontline,” ending a collaboration on a documentary about concussions in the NFL. Given ESPN’s ties to the league, the move raised concerns about conflicts of interest in sports reporting, but Bill Littlefield says we should stay focused on the issues on the field.
Karen Given visits Dr. Bill Meehan, the director of Boston Children’s Sports Concussion Clinic, who explains why helmets cannot prevent concussions. But Meehan says there’s still hope for making contact sports safer.