Archive for November, 2011

P.S. on Harvey Araton, New York Times, and Penn State Coverage

Published November 30th, 2011, Uncategorized

In what I am learning is his characteristic gentlemanly way, New York Times sports columnist Harvey Araton took exception to my reporting – based on an exchange between us on Twitter – that the newspaper had spiked a column he wrote the day the Penn State child-rape scandal broke. I should put the whole controversy […]

Exclusive at Concussion Inc.: Documenting the Federal Government’s Multimillion-Dollar Support of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Concussion Research

Published November 30th, 2011, Uncategorized

The National Institutes of Health yesterday fulfilled my Freedom of Information Act request and supplied five documents of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s multimillion-dollar grant application and progress reports on concussion research for the period 2001-06. I want to thank FOIA official Earl Blansfield and the staff at NIH. While I was being about […]

New Concussion Class-Action Lawsuit by College Players

Published November 30th, 2011, Uncategorized

A very busy news day at Concussion Inc. Let’s get started. George Vecsey of The New York Times has a huge, and hugely important, story today on the latest class-action litigation on the concussion issue against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. (This is at least the second such lawsuit: see “Off the Radar: Ex-Player Files […]

Wannabe Senator Linda McMahon, Congresswoman Diane Black, and the ‘Sports-Drug-Testing-Industrial Complex’

Published November 29th, 2011, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick Obviously, Linda McMahon isn’t the only rich woman or person running for public office. For example, Diane Black, the wife of the founder and principal owner of a Nashville company called Aegis Sciences, used her marriage’s fortune to ride the Tea Party wave in 2010 and win the House of Representatives seat […]

Mysteries of the Universe: When Did ImPACT Chief Mark Lovell ‘Retire’ From UPMC Concussion Program?

Published November 28th, 2011, Uncategorized

As I reported last week, Mark Lovell is out as the director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Michael “Micky” Collins, Lovell’s UPMC and ImPACT Applications, Inc., colleague, is the new director. But no one is saying exactly when the change occurred or what it means. Lovell, who I believe […]