FRONTLINE's League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

FRONTLINE's League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 9:00pm

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The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players and a host of scientists have claimed the league has tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? What’s the truth about the risks to players? What can be done?

In a special two-hour investigation, League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, FRONTLINE and prize-winning journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru of ESPN reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries drawn from their forthcoming book, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth (Crown Archetype, October 2013). Premiering Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV FRONTLINE's League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis investigates how, for years, the league worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early-onset dementia, brain damage and other devastating consequences, even death.

Immediately following the two-hour investigation, WXXI will present an episode on concussion from its national healthcare series Second Opinion. In the program, Monica J. Cook, assistant coach for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Women’s Soccer Team, tells her story of making the tough decision to give up the game she loved because of multiple hits to the head. 

And, we encourage you to continue the conversation after the show by joining us on Twitter using hashtag #AskTVDr on Wednesday, October 9 at 3 p.m. EST. The Twitter chat, @SecondOpinionTV, will be hosted by Second Opinion’s concussion panelist Dr. Julian E. Bailes, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute in Evanston, IL.