Despite the title traditionally going to baseball, football really is America’s game. The start of the NFL season is right around the corner. But just when everyone’s ready to get excited, the league’s casting a shadow over the game.
What can bring down the most powerful sports league in the States? Concussions.
The NFL has always been pretty bad when it comes to dealing with concussions and for the most part, fans have come to accept it. Football’s an inherently dangerous game and it’s not like anyone’s actively trying to hurt the players. But last week, ESPN pulled out of their collaboration with PBS called Frontline: League of Denial, which would reportedly expose unprecedented evidence of brain damage in NFL players and the league’s refusal to admit the issue.
And when you thought that couldn’t get any worse, it did. On Thursday, the NFL and over 4000 retired players who were seeking compensation for their concussions and concussion-related symptoms settled out of court for a relatively paltry sum. But that’s not all. We’ll break down the NFL’s relationship with concussions and the recent legal decision below. Read more…