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(PBS) Moyers and Co: Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed
Dave Zirin offers a unique and provocative voice in the world of sports journalism showing how inextricably linked sports and politics are in our lives.
NFL Concussion Deniers See a “Liberal Sports Media” Conspiracy
For decades, the NFL had denied that there was any connection between huge men smashing into one another at top speed, and a disproportionate number of retired players developing early-onset brain illnesses – including Parkinson’s disease, ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder similar to Alzheimer’s disease.
N.F.L. Agrees to Settle Concussion Suit for $765 Million
The N.F.L. agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,000 retirees with advanced dementia and other problems as well as the families of players who have died from what they claimed were the long-terms effects of head trauma.
Bad Day for Braun, Good Day for Baseball
That sound you hear emanating from Manhattan today is the grand pooh-bahs of baseball celebrating as if it were Mardi Gras. Yes, today is Fat Tuesday, now that Ryan Braun chose the path of least resistance to his latest doping suspension. The only stunning part of Baseball versus Braun, the sequel, is that Braun dropped all the self-righteous howling about his absolute innocence and decided to meekly accept a summer of playing golf instead of baseball. No challenging baseball’s reliance on evidence outside of a positive drug test. No bashing the credibility of the dubious character that is the Biogenesis clinic guru Anthony Bosch. Nope, just a shrug and something that might resemble a shred of an apology if you squint really hard.
Patriots Stick to Their Principles With Hernandez
The moment the police led Aaron Hernandez away in handcuffs, he became expendable to the New England Patriots, despite the millions of guaranteed dollars that remained on his contract and the long legal process yet to play out.
Crowded Courtroom for N.F.L. Lawsuit
The two legal teams, the one for the N.F.L. and the one for the retired players suing the league for negligence and fraud, were stacked with top talent, including litigators who have argued in front of the Supreme Court.
A Football Widow’s Traumatic Journey
Perfetto decided that her husband, who was 63 and had played seven seasons in the N.F.L. as a guard, needed to live in an assisted-living facility. She began to wonder: what is the rest of my life going to be like?
(NYT Book Review) The Supreme Court, Throwing Curveballs
Cases concerning baseball seem to turn the minds of lawyers and judges to mush.
Bryant Says Stars Must Take Active Role in Union Matters
Creating a healthier, more functional N.B.A. players union will require deeper involvement from its members, but especially from its most famous members, according to perhaps the most famous member of all. Kobe Bryant, acknowledging that the union “looks like a mess,” said it was time for the N.B.A.’s stars to take a stronger role as players deliberate the fate of Billy Hunter, the embattled executive director, and the direction of the union.
Lawmakers Chastise Union for Not Moving Forward on H.G.H. Testing
A bipartisan group of lawmakers vented its frustration on Wednesday at the N.F.L. players union for not yet agreeing to put into effect a test for human growth hormone nearly two seasons after promising to do so.
Concussion Liability Costs May Rise, and Not Just for N.F.L.
"As the N.F.L. confronts a raft of lawsuits brought by thousands of former players who accuse the league of hiding information about the dangers of concussions, a less visible battle that may have a more widespread effect in the sport is unfolding between the league and 32 of its current and former insurers. "
Pro Football’s Violent Toll
There’s something rotten in the N.F.L., an obviously dysfunctional culture that either brings out sad, destructive behavior in its fearsome gladiators or fails to protect them and those around them from it. And while it’s too soon to say whether Belcher himself was a victim of that culture, it’s worth noting that the known facts and emerging details of his story echo themes all too familiar in pro football over recent years: domestic violence, substance abuse, erratic behavior, gun possession, bullets fired, suici
Study Finds Pattern in Brain Injuries Linked to Contact Sports
Researchers examining the brains of 85 former athletes and soldiers who sustained multiple mild head injuries over their lives found the condition they developed, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, came in an "ordered and predictable" four-stage pattern.
PBS NewsHour: Did Marvin Miller's Free Agency Spike CEO Pay?
Paul Solman: "Ten years ago, for a series on CEO pay, I interviewed Marvin Miller, the labor lawyer who introduced free agency into American sports. Miller died Tuesday. He was featured in the second story on "Executive Excess". We thought we'd share more of the interview here today."
NFL's Highest Paid Players
Forbes magazine lists the highest paid pro football players.