PROGRAMS

53:11Football HighApr. 12, 2011
21:24Money and March MadnessMar. 29, 2011

STORIES

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.

The NFL’s Concussion Problem Still Has Not Gone Away

If data from the past two years is any guide, more than 150 NFL players will suffer a concussion this NFL season.

O’Bannon Ruling Raises New Questions Over Future of Money in Big-time College Sports

A landmark ruling has cleared a path for college athletes to earn compensation from the NCAA, but the case also left many unanswered questions about the complicated and controversial role of money in collegiate athletics.

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.

NCAA President Defends Amateurism in College Sports

The courtroom was packed as NCAA President Mark Emmert took the stand today in the O’Bannon vs. NCAA antitrust case.

Does the NCAA Rule College Sports Like a “Cartel”?

On Day 2 of the Ed O’Bannon trial, attorneys jostled over whether the NCAA has “collectively conspired” to prevent athletes from receiving compensation for the use and sale of their names, images and likenesses

What is a Student Athlete?

This question was front and center on the first day of the Ed O’Bannon trial.

FRONTLINE Wins Peabody Award for “League of Denial”

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

Why Northwestern Football Players Won the Right to Unionize

The decision marks a potential game-changer in the debate over whether college athletes are professionals entitled to some form of compensation for their work.

What We’ve Learned From Two Years of Tracking NFL Concussions

Which positions are most likely to be injured? Why are one-third of all concussions left off NFL injury reports? Here are five takeaways from FRONTLINE’s “Concussion Watch” project.

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.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 20

This year’s Super Bowl will be played between two teams that have combined for 11 of the 152 officially reported concussions in the NFL this season.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 19

A total of 150 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Round 2 of the postseason, at least three more appeared to go down with a head injury.

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.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 18

With the NFL’s regular season now over and the playoffs underway, the total number of concussions taking place becomes harder to tally by the week.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 16

A total of 135 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 16, at least nine more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 15

A total of 125 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 15, at least seven more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 14

Head injuries sidelined 11 players this week — four of whom entered the week already having dealt with concussions a combined 19 times before.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 13

A total of 102 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 13, at least 11 more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 12

As the NFL season enters the home stretch, the league is slowly but surely creeping toward the milestone of 100 concussions.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 11

A total of 80 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 11, at least seven more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 10

A total of 71 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 10, at least nine more appeared to go down with a head injury.

Ruling in NCAA Case May Bring Some Players Closer to Share of Profits

The case centers around rules preventing college athletes from sharing in licensing deals or TV revenue.

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.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 9

A total of 62 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 8, at least eight more appeared to go down with a head injury.

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.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 8

A total of 58 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 8, at least four more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

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.

Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 7

A total of 53 NFL players have been sidelined by a concussion during the 2013 season, and in Week 7, at least four more players appeared to go down with a head injury.

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