PBS' award winning documentary series “Frontline”, formerly in league with ESPN, is showing "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" Tue. Oct. 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. on ch 11.1 KOED. The show lays out the various injuries and diminished capacity of many players including greats. However, it doesn't take a genius to realize that banging your head over and over is not a good thing.
The National Football League (NFL) isn't in denial, it is the worldwide soccer industry that is in denial. Recent research shows that even minor hits to the head can have deleterious effects. Soccer players, in most cases, still don't wear helmets. Soccer is about the only sport where it is encouraged to use your head as a piece of equipment.
Football players know when they get on the field that they are engaging in an activity that can eventually kill them. Boxers are the same way. They have for decades been in gyms with punch drunk colleagues just feet away as they step into the sparring ring. Extreme fighting has largely replaced boxing and those warriors know they risk even more when they step into the octagon.
As long as the public will pay with their money and sit through seemingly endless commercials just to see people bang on each other, there will be people willing to step on the field, in the rink, in the ring, and in the octagon to feed the masses.
One of the good things is that the threat of the documentary, especially laying out that several of the players have committed suicide, helped encourage the NFL to settle a lawsuit with $765 million to at least help test the players and help with medical bills if they develop long term brain diseases. It will not be enough and doesn't even address other ailments such as knee injuries. However the technology of knee reconstruction has advanced greatly due to largely individual efforts of injured players themselves.
Following PBS tradition, the show is being rebroadcast multiple times among multiple PBS channels.
"League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis"
Tue. Oct. 8, 2013 8 p.m. ch 11.1 KOED
Wed. Oct. 9, 2013 1 a.m. ch 11.1 KOED
Wed. Oct. 9, 2013 8 p.m. ch 11.2 KOEDDTV2