Littlefield On Sports: Football And CTE, Commissioner Goodell, March Madness

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016 file photo, NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller speaks during an NFL health and safety news conference in San Francisco. An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time. Miller, the NFL's senior vice president for health and safety, spoke about the connection during an appearance Monday, March 14, 2016, at a congressional committee's round table discussion about concussions. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller speaks during an NFL health and safety news conference in San Francisco. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Bill Littlefield joins us to discuss the NFL’s shocking shift on the relationship between football and degenerative brain disorders, as well as a possible deal that might strip commissioner Roger Goodell of his disciplinary power. We’ll also talk about March Madness.


Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.


The New York Times: N.F.L. Shifts On Concussions, And Game May Never Be The Same

  • “After years of the N.F.L.‘s disputing evidence that connected football to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in nearly 100 former players, a top official for the league for the first time acknowledged the link. To many, it was an echo of big tobacco’s confession in 1997 that smoking causes cancer and heart disease.”

The Washington Post: Roger Goodell May Be About To Give Up A Big Chunk Of His Power

  • “The NFL and the NFL Players Association are discussing a deal in which Goodell would give up his power to punish players, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told the Wall Street Journal. Late last month, The Post’s Mark Maske reported that “slow progress” was being made and, although a number of hurdles remain and an agreement is not close, Smith told the Journal he is optimistic.”

The Boston Globe: Don’t Tell Holy Cross It Doesn’t Belong In NCAA Tournament

  • “On Wednesday, another win might not be as surprising, given the way Holy Cross has played this March. The Crusaders will face Southern in a play-in game, a chance for their first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1953. They are again considered underdogs, but at this point, it seems that the Crusaders barely notice.”

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