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NY Times: NFL Fudged Concussion Rates

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Friday, 25 Mar 2016 11:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The New York Times is out with an absolute bombshell of a report on the NFL’s concussion research. The full story is worth a read, and the specifics within should be distressing to any sports fan or athlete. 

The Times shows that more than 100 diagnosed concussions were omitted from the studies. The NFL committee then calculated the rates of concussions using the incomplete data, making them appear less frequent than they actually were.

The vast majority of omitted concussions identified by The Times were included in the NFL’s public injury reports, meaning that medical staffs had made the diagnoses and reported them to the league.

It is clear that the NFL went to great lengths to restrict how this already flawed research would be interpreted:
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently began reviewing the NFL’s concussion research. I would urge Congress to exercise its powers to hold the NFL to account.
  • The NFL's political action committee has given nearly $300,000 in campaign contributions to 41 of 54 members of a key congressional committee that is reviewing concussion research, according to figures compiled by a Berkeley-based group.
I am a member of the board of directors of the nations largest not for profit sports fans advocacy group – Sportsfans.org. A couple of years ago we fought (and beat) the NFL, on behalf of fans, to end their ridiculous local blackout rules when home games were not sold out. We learned then how little the league and its owners care about the fans when their bottom lines are exposed.

Now we see a decades long, equally appalling, and far more dangerous move to protect profits over player safety.

As a lifelong fan of this sport, it’s enraging. But it makes me realize that the work we do at Sportsfans.org is more important than ever.

Because if the NFL is willing to go to these lengths to put a nice, neat bow on concussion research, imagine what they’ll do when we call them out on team relocation, stadium construction, ticket practices, and yes, the protection of the players we all cheer our hearts out for every Sunday.


Sports fans need to contact their NFL franchise and their U.S. senators and member of Congress and let them know that we want our players protected not for the sake of the game but for the sake of our players lives — on and off the field. 

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.


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