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Feldman discusses NFL concussion litigation on Elliot Spitzer’s “Viewpoint”

June 08, 2012

Prof. Gabe Feldman, director, Tulane Sports Law Program, tells Elliot Spitzer, "By the time you get to the NFL, it might be too late." ( Viewpoint with Elliot Spitzer ) 

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Tulane Law School professor Gabe Feldman appeared on Elliot Spitzer’s “Viewpoint” Wednesday (June 7) night to discuss whether the National Football League concealed knowledge of serious long-term damage to the brain caused by hits of players allegedly misinformed.

“It’s not only about concealing it, it’s actually about creating a committee to come up with scientific testimony and evidence that really was a missed information campaign (is what the plaintiffs allege) that tried to hide the link between these hits and brain injuries,” Feldman explained. “So its concealment and active misrepresentation of the facts, but I think before we even get there, the threshold issue for the league is going to be not about negligence, not about fraud, but whether or not these claims are preempted by the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.”

  Feldman  suggests that the damage starts in youth football with head injuries occurring to kids between the ages of 10 and 13.

“By the time you get to the NFL it might be too late,” suggests Feldman. “So I think the real changes are going to happen at the younger ages.”

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Source: “Viewpoint with Elliot Spitzer.” New lawsuit over brain injuries could be more than a headache for the NFL. 7 June 2012.


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