Football, one of America’s favorite national pastimes, is overseen by the National Football League, but this multibillion-dollar commercial giant is finding itself under fire as thousands of former players claim the league has covered up football’s connection to long-term brain injuries.
In a two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE and journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from their forthcoming book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth. This special, FRONTLINE: League of Denial – The NFL Concussion Crisis, will air at 9pm Tuesday, Oct. 8, on CET and ThinkTV16.
What did the NFL know about brain injuries and when did it know it? What’s the truth about the risks to players? What can be done? This FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats.
Follow all the news about the NFL Concussion Crisis through PBS’s FRONTLINE website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/.