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Will NFL's $765M concussion settlement be enough?
Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 3:40 PM
Might just have been a coincidence that a $765 million settlement between the NFL and 4,500 of its former players was announced this afternoon.
On the horizon this fall, in the heart of football season, was the two-part documentary the NFL has been fearing: “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.” A collaboration between PBS’ “Frontline,” and ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” the program, set to air in October, had the potential to peel back the curtain that has been hiding football’s dirty secret for far too long.
The class-action suit, filed in Philadelphia 2 years ago and eventually joined by about 4,500 former players, has been settled before the NFL had to divulge whether it knew the risks over the years and concealed them.
The NFL obviously was quite concerned with the potential ramifications monetarily and to its image. More coverage$765 million settlement reached in NFL concussion caseJudges order in NFL concussion case
Only last week, ESPN announced that its logo would no longer be part of the documentary. Think there is a chance its “partner” may have put a little pressure on the network?
The E in ESPN stands for Entertainment. The S is for Sports. The P is for Programming, but it could just as easily stand for Profit. And the NFL is a huge moneymaker for ESPN.
Remember “Playmakers,” the ESPN series about pro football that aired one fall? Yes, it was over the top, but it also hit a bit too close to home for the NFL. Under pressure, ESPN canceled the series after 11 episodes.
Seemed as if the NFL couldn’t kill this, too, but perhaps it can. The truth was slowly emerging, and it was not a pretty picture. Now, that picture might be permanently obscured.
ESPN investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, who have been heavily involved in the documentary, are writing a book of the same name: “League of Denial.”
The title is not subtle. And it is not wrong.
The NFL has been in denial. That is a problem.
But if the NFL really knew how bad the concussion problem was and proactively tried to obscure the science, that is no longer a problem. That is a crime. Or should be. Now, apparently, we will never know.
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