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NFL Seeks Retraction: See Letter Below

The NFL is seeking a retraction with regard to the article that was published last week, comparing the league’s actions to that of Big Tobacco when it tried to delay an established link between cigarette smoking and cancer.

And if a retraction isn’t forthcoming, the NFL seems poised to take legal action:

“We also request that the Times’s reporters and editors who worked on this story preserve their notes, correspondence, emails, recordings and work papers and all other electronic and hard copy documents generated or received in connection with their work.”

For the full letter, visit: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/sites/default/files/NFL-NYT-letter.pdf


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AD Writes Letter, Critical of Picture of Hit that Lead to Concussion

Ross Bjork, Director of Athletics at the University of Mississippi, has written a letter criticizing the picture that the Memphis Commercial Appeal used on in its sports section following the University of Memphis’ upset victory over the Rebels. The picture showed memphis commercial appeal “smash hit” football mississippi concussion Ole Miss player Robert Nkemdiche crumpled on the ground with Tiger players standing over him. Bjork wrote:

“After careful thought and consideration, I feel compelled to express my disappointment in the way you reported the outcome of the Auburn vs. Ole Miss game. Specifically, the way you sensationalized a moment with a grossly depicted image that affects a young man’s life. Furthermore, your response to criticism from readers could be described as nothing short of digging your heels in. Quite simply and most disappointing, you showed no signs of remorse for the incredible lapse of judgment.

“We run our athletics department with a well-defined purpose, and we operate daily using seven core values to guide us. Together, those core values comprise our “line in the sand,” and we will defend them when attacked. It is our belief that your actions are at odds with two of those core values: Student-Athlete Welfare and Social Responsibility. So, it is for that reason that I have written to you.

“In closing, we know of no other newspaper that has used such a graphic image of a student-athlete’s injury in such a sensationalist way and sincerely hope you have not created a precedent for this type of crass journalism.”

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FRONTLINE Fires Back over Controversy Surrounding Concussion Project, Shares Trailer

Caught in the crossfire between the NFL and ESPN over the network’s decision to pull out of a partnership with FRONTLINE in the production of an upcoming segment on concussions, Deputy Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath sent out the following statement yesterday:

“Over the last several days, you may have been following the story of ESPN’s decision to end its editorial partnership with us — after 15 great months of working together.

“We’re disappointed but want to make sure you —  our FRONTLINE community — know that nothing has changed when it comes to our reporting on how the NFL has handled head injuries among football players.

“We also want to share our latest plans for the upcoming film, League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. We’ve decided that instead of breaking the film into two installments, it will air in its entirety from 9-11 pm on October 8.

“So, please mark your calenders and join us for this most exciting fall premiere of FRONTLINE’s 30th season.

“In the meantime, if you are curious about the trailer for League of Denial, which has gotten so much attention lately, you can watch it by clicking below.

“As always, thanks for your continued support.”

The trailer: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/?utm_campaign=league-of-denial&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=prebroadcast



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