Frontline's "League of Denial:The NFL'S Concussion Crisis" Airs
October 14, 2013 7:56 AM Subscribe
The much-anticipated Frontline documentary "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" premiered on PBS last week.
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In August, ESPN pulled out of the project, reportedly due to pressure from the NFL (as previously discussed on MetaFilter here
), while the NFL itself only days later announced a $765m settlement with over 4500 former players
for claims of concussion-related disability. Reaction to the Frontline program was unsurprisingly mixed
from factions involved with the issue, but generally well-received by journalists and TV critics.
As usual, the Frontline website offers lots of supplemental information and footage not included in the broadcast:
• Transcript of a live chat
with Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, authors of the book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth
, producer Mike Wiser, and Garrett Webster, son of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 'Iron Mike' Webster.
with doctors (including Bennett Omalu
, who examined Mike Webster and discovered CTE), players (including the 49'ers Steve Young
, but don't miss the insightful Harry Carson
), families (including Sydney Seau
, daughter of the late Junior Seau), and activists (including Chris Nowinski
, former Harvard football player and former profession wrestler).
• A timeline of the NFL and concussions
• Slideshow explaining CTE and its effects on the brain
• Concussion Watch
, which tracks reported NFL concussions over two seasons in detail.