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.
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.