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.
Only A Game’s Karen Given visits three companies that are taking three different approaches to manufacturing football helmets. But each shares the same goal: making football safer.
It wasn’t a typical audience for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer when they took the stage at a clinic in Columbus, Ohio this week. They were speaking to moms. Reporter Mike Foley has our story.
This week the family of deceased former NHL player Derek Boogaard filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the league of over-medicating Boogaard and ignoring the consequences of the concussions that he had suffered. Nathan Fenno has written about the case for the Washington Times and spoke with Bill Littlefield about it.
The NFL Players Association has granted Harvard University $100 million to fund a study designed to diagnose, treat and prevent injuries in active and retired players. Bill Littlefield spoke with NFL Hall of Famer Carl Eller and Dr. Laura Alberton of the Retired Players Association about the study.
The family of former NFL star Junior Seau has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL and helmet manufacturer Riddell. The suit claims Seau’s suicide was a result of the head injuries he suffered during his career. University of New Hampshire sports law expert and Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann speaks with Bill Littlefield.