What Are Concussions Costing NFL Owners?

I was approached by a reader to figure out what concussions are “theoretically” costing owners/teams in terms of salary.  His thought, a good one, was to illustrate the economic impact to the NFL and owners that an investment in a completely independent concussion “think tank” could save money in the long run.  The last time we ran the numbers was in week 13, we are efforting the final numbers for 2011.

There were some limitations in determining this overall impact to the owners:

  • Finding exact contract information for each player
  • Determining exact loss of game time due to concussion
  • Exactly accurate listings of injury

To our knowledge there is no published information on this topic, therefore this presentation of information is the first of its kind, and we truly understand that this is not 100% accurate, but it does give an idea of what is happening in terms of concussion and lost salary.

Based upon our findings the average salary for a concussed player/game in the NFL through 13 weeks was Continue reading

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