League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis is a documentary from Frontline. The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. Excellent investigative journalism by Frontline and others reveals that the ongoing NFL committee formed in the 1990s to supposedly investigate concussions instead deliberately dragged its feet with claims of continuing research actually designed to stall the day of reckoning on this issue by denial. Other outside genuine research that revealed brain damage in deceased players was discredited and stonewalled by the NFL. When the NFL finally admitted it knew about this brain damage all along, the NFL’s dam of denial finally burst, releasing a flood of public attention and alarm that continues to this day, including revelations by former player and their wives about the extent of mental deterioration. A lawsuit by former players that would have resulted in a trial forcing the NFL to admit how much they knew and when was settled out of court for over 700 million dollars, itself a massive admission of guilt by the NFL. This film is a must-see for anyone who played football in the past, and everyone with children thinking about possibly playing football in the future on any level, and for all NFL football fans. Documentary Frontline 2013 NR.
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