League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, And The Battle For Truth

Steve Fainaru is an investigative reporter for ESPN. He won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporter while covering the Iraq War for the Washington Post.  His brother Mark Fainaru-Wada is also an investigative reporter for ESPN. Along with his colleague Lance Williams, he co-authored Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports.

Mark and Steve’s new book is League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth.

When did someone figure out that the violent collisions in football were causing brain damage? Who knew and tried to tell others, and who tried to deny what science was saying about the connection between football and brain damage?

Now that this book and companion Frontline Documentary are out for everyone to read and see, will there be any changes made in the way the game is played? Will fans still want to watch the game with the knowledge that some of the plays could be damaging the players?

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