Gary Bettman CTE Denial Drawing Congressional Attention

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In July, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman maintained his stance on concussions and their link to the neurological disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. “From a medical science standpoint, there is no evidence yet that one necessarily leads to the other. I know there are a lot of theories, but if you ask people who […] READ MORE


Blue Card Enters Wellington Rugby Referee's Pocket

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Along with the usual yellow and red cards carried in all games of rugby, referees who control matches for the Wellington Rugby Football Union this season have begun to carry a third card – a blue one – out onto the field with them. However, the blue card is not to sanction infringements or for foul play, […] READ MORE


Blue Card Enters Wellington Rugby Referee’s Pocket

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Along with the usual yellow and red cards carried in all games of rugby, referees who control matches for the Wellington Rugby Football Union this season have begun to carry a third card – a blue one – out onto the field with them. However, the blue card is not to sanction infringements or for foul play, […] READ MORE


Concussions and My Inner Fan

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It’s the off-season. As a long-suffering Raiders fan, this is the best time of year (although I am optimistic about the future). During the off-season, the Raiders have zero losses and all of their free agent acquisitions look like Hall of Famers, along with every draft pick. The success of the last few draft classes […] READ MORE



NHL Loses Motion to Dismiss Concussion Suits

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The National Hockey League hoped that lawsuits brought against it by former players regarding concussions sustained would simply pass into oblivion via a request to dismiss them. That won’t be the case for the NHL. According to Darren Heitner, United States District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has denied the NHL’s request to dismiss the suits, […] READ MORE


Concussion: A Player's Life Sacrificed

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Science and Technology Game Changers Bob Fitzsimmons, lawyer for now deceased football great “Iron Mike” Webster, shared his insight with me on the subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in sports, particularly the NFL. The realization of head gear protection being important is not new. In 1888, college football rules only allowed tackling below the […] READ MORE



One Year Later and still “Goodell Under Fire”

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Almost exactly one year ago people across the country were shocked by TMZ’s release of the infamous Ray Rice video. A few days later Adrian Peterson was arrested for beating his four year old son bloody with a tree branch. Once again people were horrified by the visual evidence. Greg Hardy’s name percolated across the […] READ MORE