The Frontline documentary aired last night. Nothing new here but a compelling portrayal of the NFL. The preview was vetted on the board by wisecrakker over a month ago - but I would like to hear reaction from any of you who saw it. The lawsuit settled by the NFL is probably the best course for them. Some of the language of the settlement though now seems unpalatable given the picture drawn and story laid out by Frontline. This is from the settlement proposal...
“This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players. Commissioner Goodell and every owner gave the legal team the same direction: do the right thing for the game and for the men who played it,” said NFL Executive Vice President Jeffrey Pash.
That is anathama to the facts as laid out by Frontline last night. The subset of players who are or who have played since Mike Webster's disability claim was settled -where the league admitted football caused his injury - might have a larger stake than this settlement lays out.
Michigan is doing some concussion work this year. I'm not familiar with the extent of it but I remember it being mentioned in some of the many CTE threads. Hoke is forthright about letting the trainers do their job. The 2010 ND game with Dayne Crist's concussion still strikes a chord in my on going respect against ND. Regardless of the connections ... this is probably the story of our lives with regard to football and how it is played on every level. This documentary is another step. OT'd but it seems germane to any football blog.
For those of you interested in finance, Frontline has done a tremendous documentary on the recent financial crisis. It is a four part series (currently parts one and two are out) with tremendous detail. You can watch it here. I have written a blog post on it, Inside Job, and some of my quick thoughts on the financial crisis here.
I would highly recommend watching this for those of you still in school and are thinking about working in finance. At least when I was interviewing, there were definitely questions on the crisis (although that was about two years ago). However, you should definintely watch it regardless of just interview preperation to gain a broader understanding of the industry and the recent turmoil.