League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

October 8, 2013

FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries.

(113:41) FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries.

New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease

Nearly four in five football players examined by one of the nation’s leading brain banks tested positive for the disease now at the center of the debate over concussions in football.

Study of Former NFL Players Shows Risks for Brain from Youth Football

A new study is the first of its kind to show an association between early exposure to repetitive head impacts and structural brain changes later in life.

The NFL’s Sydney Seau Problem

Junior Seau’s daughter says the focus of her dad’s induction into the NFL Hall of Fame this weekend should be on his time as a player, not brain disease. But the issue will be hard to ignore.

NFL Concussion Settlement Wins Final Approval from Judge

The ruling by a U.S. judge ends a legal battle that has threatened to undercut the nation’s adoration for professional football and sparked a debate about whether the sport on any level is worth the risk to players.

Top NFL Rookie to Retire, Citing Concussion Risk

Chris Borland, a rookie linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, said that while he’s in good health now, he’s concerned about his future.

Questions Over Brain Disease Again Stymie NFL Concussion Settlement

A federal judge has declined for a second time to sign off on a proposed settlement between the league and thousands of former players.

Concussions in the NFL: How Worried are You?

For football fans everywhere, the NFL’s concussion crisis has raised uncomfortable questions about what it means to love a sport that’s been shown to cause lasting harm to its players.

Poll: Wealthy, College-Educated Less Likely to Want Kids to Play Football

A new poll reveals deep divides by money, education, gender, politics and age. How will it affect the pipeline of football players?

How Much Is An NFL Brain Worth?

Retired NFL players could qualify for payments as high as $5 million under a proposed settlement in the league’s long-running concussion lawsuit. Here’s how.

76 of 79 Deceased NFL Players Found to Have Brain Disease

The nation’s largest brain bank focused on the crippling disease known as CTE has now found the condition in 96 percent of players it has tested posthumously.

Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

Judge Anita Brody’s preliminary approval means that more than 18,000 players and their beneficiaries will now vote on the deal.

NFL Removes Cap on Damages in Bid to End Concussion Lawsuit

The agreement comes nearly seven months after a U.S. District Court judge rejected an initial settlement, saying she did not believe that the $675 million set aside for damages would cover every player who may need aid.

FRONTLINE Wins Peabody Award for “League of Denial”

FRONTLINE’s investigation of the NFL’s concussion crisis wins a prestigious honor.

NFL Concussions: The 2013-14 Season In Review

The 2013-14 season was supposed to be the year the NFL put its concussion crisis behind it. Instead, it may now be remembered as the year the taboo around football head injuries was all but erased.

Judge Rejects $765 Million NFL Concussion Settlement

A federal judge has rejected a $765 million settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players, ruling that the agreement may not go far enough to cover every player who may need aid.

Three Former NFL Stars Diagnosed With Telltale Signs of CTE

NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is one of three players to test positive for signs of the crippling brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

High School Football Players Face Bigger Concussion Risk

High school football players are nearly twice as likely as college players to suffer a concussion either in a game or at practice, according to a new study funded by the NFL.

Brett Favre: “God Only Knows The Toll” From NFL Concussions

Less than three years since retiring, the legendary quarterback has become one of the most high profile players to acknowledge he has experienced health problems stemming from repeated concussions in the NFL.

What NFL Players Are Saying About “League of Denial”

Current players have begun to weigh on FRONTLINE’s investigation into the NFL’s concussion crisis.

Did “League of Denial” Change the Way You Feel About Football?

We’ve heard from viewers across the country. Here’s what they’ve told us. What do you think?

Timeline: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

What did the NFL know and when did it know it?

Inside the NFL’s Concussion Crisis – Live Chat Transcript

Join a live chat on “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” with producer Mike Wiser, reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, Mike Webster’s son Garrett, and guest questioner Richard Deitsch from “Sports Illustrated.” You can leave a question now.

How CTE Affects the Brain

It’s the disease linked to brain trauma in football players – here’s how it works.

Dig Deeper: Investigating the NFL’s Concussion Crisis

A collection of essential reads on the NFL and its response to the concussion crisis.

Debating the Science of Concussions

In an excerpt from their book, League of Denial, reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru detail how an official NFL conference on concussions descended into a near brawl between neuroscientists.

In Damage Control Mode, NFL Shied From Its Own Brain Research

In 2009, a leaked NFL study seemed to mark a game-changer in the concussion crisis — until the league distanced itself from the research.

The Autopsy That Changed Football

When Dr. Bennet Omalu found CTE in the brain of Steelers legend Mike Webster, he believed NFL doctors would want to know more. They didn’t.

NFL Commissioner Highlights Safety Record In Letter To Fans

The letter, sent to roughly 10 million fans, comes one day after the release of two book excerpts detailing the NFL’s checkered response to football’s concussion crisis.

How One Client’s Concussion Shook the Real “Jerry Maguire”

As an NFL super agent, Leigh Steinberg saw it all, especially when it came to injuries. But of all the hard hits he ever witnessed, there was one that especially frightened him: Troy Aikman’s concussion.

For the NFL, Focus on Concussions Yields Mixed Results

Despite a new emphasis on player safety, a FRONTLINE analysis found NFL concussions on the rise in 2012, as half of players returned from their injuries without missing a game.

Report: NFL Concussion Settlement Could Shut Out Many

The very first players to be diagnosed with football-related brain damage may not allow any compensation, according to a new report.

NFL Reaches $765 Million Settlement In Concussion Lawsuit

The NFL has reached a settlement with more than 4,500 former players who were suing the league for allegedly concealing a link between traumatic brain injuries and professional football.

A Note from FRONTLINE: ESPN and “League of Denial”

You may notice some changes to our League of Denial and Concussion Watch websites.

Questions Over NFL Doctor Cloud League’s Concussion Case

As the former chairman of the NFL’s powerful research arm, Dr. Elliot Pellman helped shape the league’s concussion guidelines, yet as a rheumatologist, he had no previous expertise in brain research.

Coming Soon on FRONTLINE: “League of Denial”

This fall, FRONTLINE will air a special two-part investigation examining whether the NFL has covered up the risks of football on the brain.

NFL Helmet Manufacturer Warned On Concussion Risk

Despite the warning, Riddell promoted its Revolution helmet — used by players from youth leagues up to the NFL — as providing better protection against concussions.

In Brawl For Seau Brain, a Proxy War Over Concussion Science

The NFL’s intervention in the fate of Junior Seau’s brain — the most prized specimen yet in the race to document the relationship between football and brain damage — was part of an aggressive strategy to dictate who leads the science of concussions.

Concussion Researchers Consulted With NFL Players’ Lawyers

The disclosures come as oral arguments begin Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on the NFL’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit, which involves more than 4,000 former players who allege the league concealed the effects of football-related head trauma.

New Study Finds Brain Damage in Living Ex-NFL Players

It’s the first time researchers have identified signs of the crippling brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients.

NFL’s Progress On Concussions Blurred By Inconsistencies

An analysis of the NFL’s concussion guidelines by FRONTLINE and ESPN has revealed an array of inconsistencies in how the league tracks, treats and even describes serious head injuries.

Inside the Numbers: Counting Concussions in the NFL

The reported number of NFL players with concussions this season is on pace to increase more than 9 percent from last year, to an average of nearly nine per week.

Researchers Discover 28 New Cases of Brain Damage in Deceased Football Players

That brings the total to 50 confirmed cases of a degenerative brain disease found in former NFL, college and high school players. But some critics question whether the scientists are overstating their findings.

NFL Board Paid $2M to Players While League Denied Football-Concussion Link

The decision by the NFL’s retirement board could be critical evidence in a blockbuster player lawsuit over concussions.


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