League of Denial

Published November 13th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The most revealing quote in League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth — Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s page-turning game-changer of a book — comes early on from Dr. Ann McKee, the central casting blonde-bombshell laboratory coat face of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. She replaced Dr. Bennet Omalu, [...]

Fainaru Brothers Track the Concussion Denial Family Tree, From ‘Dr. No’ to ‘Dr. No Jr.’

Published October 2nd, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Appropriately, Dr. Joseph Maroon and his fellow “ImPACT concussion management system” developers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are front and center in separate excerpts of the book League of Denial, by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, which are published today by Sports Illustrated and ESPN: The Magazine. There is every sign that the Fainaru [...]

Wishing Everyone a Reflective 100 Minutes With Sean Pamphilon’s ‘United States of Football’

Published September 22nd, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Sean Pamphilon, a one-time ESPN production assistant who has risen to the ranks of elite sports documentary filmmakers, now has produced the very best movie on the football concussion crisis, The United States of Football. Though not accessible everywhere, it has about as wide a release as possible for any nonfiction [...]

Santa Clara Sports Law Symposium

Published September 13th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick For the third straight year of its four-year history, I thank the organizers for giving me a seat in the audience of the University of Santa Clara’s Sports Law Symposium. The lunch buffet and the program compendium of background articles were great. The depth of colloquy fell short, though in entirely expected [...]

Forget the NFL’s Dud of a Settlement — The Story Is the Slow Death of Public Football

Published August 30th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Yesterday a mediator announced a $765 million settlement in a lawsuit against the National Football League by 4,000 retired players. There’s a lot of good coverage out there, including by Alan Schwarz of The New York Times, who deserves full credit as the granddaddy of this subject in mainstream media. Today [...]