Could a Lawsuit Spell the End of the N.F.L.?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Attorney Gene Locks has won multibillion-dollar settlements for asbestos and tobacco victims. But his newest case has even more at stake. Some fear it could change football forever.

At the center of the case are more than 4,000 former football players and their wives. The plaintiffs claim that the National Football League covered up life-altering brain injuries.

If they win their case, will they also sink the N.F.L.?

Paul Barrett profiles Gene Locks and the class-action suit against the NFL in a piece out today from Bloomberg Businessweek. Barrett is assistant managing dditor at Bloomberg Businessweek.

Guests:

Paul Barrett

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [5]

pfletch from Tacoma, WA

In the 1950s, i attended pro football games with my parents (a former player and cheerleader), and went to HS football and hockey games with my friends. The latter frequently, were held prior to pro hockey games in my town. In 1960, i saw Frank Gifford's "collision" with Chuck Bednarik and immediately stopped routinely attending and watching pro football.

After a couple of years, seeing the increasing fighting in hockey and the proliferation of "hard hits" in football, i consciously ended all viewing of either sport. I'm sorry it took so long for the football players to realize they are nothing more than gladiators for the blood-thirsty.

Jan. 31 2013 04:31 PM
john campo from manhattan nyc

John - I have always thought that the phrase; "the Whole Nine Yards" is a construction term.
Reason being the cement trucks hold regularly 9 yards of cement, thus you ordered the whole 9 yards like it or not when you order a truck.
I was amazed that Wikipedia was so far off the mark in this too.
best jc

Jan. 31 2013 03:19 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Watch out NFL... It is easier to survive the best Offensive line over hungry lawyers.

Jan. 31 2013 02:55 PM
jason from Dallas TX

Let's get rid of the NFL! Please dear God end it: the salaries, the egos, the cheesy culture.

Jan. 31 2013 12:12 PM
Jeremy Smith from Quincy, MA

The opening of today's show (Jan 31, 2013) began with a monologue that nearly forced me to go on about my lunch hour without the Takeaway.

Where would we be without NFL? The answer is we would have a solution to a problem that does not exist. The NFL provides no amenity to western culture whatsoever.

NFL uselessness notwithstanding, today's monologue contained bits of head-injury-worthy gleanings;

no phrases such as "the whole nine yards."
The "whole nine yards" is not a phrase used anywhere in football –It refers to the approximate total length of ammunition belts for machine guns mounted in WWII-era fighter planes, such as the Spitfire.

...and no "marching bands?" Marching bands could and should be a part of every high school, as it provides rigorous discipline and vigorous exercise combined with development of musical skills, and compares favorably to other school activities such as "cheerleading."

Jan. 31 2013 11:39 AM

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