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League of Denial Puts the BS in PBS’

ICYMI, Daniel Flynn has a must read on the homepage on the new PBS documentary about the NFL and concussions. The opener:

The two-hour League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis really puts the BS in PBS.

By opening with Faces of Death–style morgue photos of Steelers great Mike Webster, and relying on the tearful testimony of widows and children of deceased NFL players, Frontline’s ostensibly scientific documentary telegraphs that it aims for the heart rather than the head.

The conspiracy theory masquerading as a documentary posits that the NFL suppressed and denied evidence that football causes chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative condition found in the brains of Webster, Dave Duerson, and other deceased players. Yet, the best scientists studying the issue, as evidenced by the consensus statement from last year’s International Conference on Concussion in Sport, also deny that science has established a link between football and CTE.

Are they part of the NFL’s conspiracy, too?

The whole thing here.

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