Football and the Cost of Concussions

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At a congressional hearing last month, California Democrat Linda Sanchez accused the National Football League of being in a state of denial, comparable to the tobacco industry's refusal to admit the link between tobacco smoking and cancer. The issue was growing medical evidence about the relationship between concussions on the football field and brain disease in players' later lives. Yesterday, the co-chairs of the NFL's committee on brain injuries resigned and some new rules were instituted.

Credits

Guests:
Alan Schwarz - New York Times - @alanschwarz, Robert Stern - Co-Director, Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Andrew Kline - former player for the St. Louis Rams, Andrew Brandt - ESPN - @adbrandt, Ann Killion - Sports Columnist, Sports Illustrated and Comcast SportsNet

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal