The NFL Bounty-gate

Why is it that every happenstance of trouble gets tagged with ‘gate’?  I digress…  You may have noted that The Concussion Blog has been rather quiet on the issues surrounding the New Orleans Saints – namely Greg Williams – and their “pay-for-injuring” program.  There are some reasons for this: full information, previous experiences, not totally concussion related, etc.  However after hearing the talking heads around the country delve into the matter more after the explosive audio released (NSFW) yesterday, by Sean Pamphilon, I feel it is time to comment.

Perhaps this problem does not register very high on my meter because I have played sports, or that I have been in football meeting and locker rooms, or that I know and talk with several current and former NFL players.  Regardless this ‘gate’ was neither Continue reading

League of Fans Open Letter

Recently I have been introduced to “League of Fans”, a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to encourage social & civic responsibility in sports industry & culture.  Although the name sounds  non-germane on the surface if you dig deeper into their core principles you will see they are starting to delve into the concussion issue.

One of their first salvos is an open letter to Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League – oft criticized by me and the blog as well.  Below is the letter signed by Ralph Nader and Ken Reed (reproduced with permission of League of Fans);

An Open Letter to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: 

It’s Time To Ban Fighting

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