A chance for the NHL and NFL to get it right on concussions
There’s an old joke in politics that nothing should be believed until it’s been officially denied. Pro sports’ undisputed champion of refutation, repudiation and obfuscation is the National Football League, which for years has pooh-poohed evidence of a link between repeated football concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain-wasting disease.
Thus, it was a surprise last week when a senior NFL official said there is a link during a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Congress. The admission creates an awkward circumstance for one of its peers, the National Hockey League.