Littlefield On Sports: Football And CTE, Commissioner Goodell, March Madness
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.
- “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 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.”
- “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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