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A RE-VISIT TO THE QUESTION OF TEAM-SPONSORED PHYSICIANS
Published May 3, 1995
The way teams pick their medical care providers is re- visited by "Scorecard" in the current SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. The issue was first examined by ABC's Armen Keteyian on the November 1st "Nightline." Because of the "intense publicity that comes with the job, doctors and hospitals are willing to pay handsomely to become a team's 'official health-care provider.'" After examining the deals struck by the NFL's newest teams, the Jaguars and Panthers, with their health care providers, SI notes, "The ultimate victim of priorities so skewed that medical care is put up for bid are the men who play America's most violent game." Arthur Caplan, Dir of UPenn's Center for Bioethics: "I'd like to suggest an unbreakable rule that requires every professional league to issue a Miranda-style warning to every player informing him that he not only has the right but the obligation to get his own personal physician" (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 5/8 issue).