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NFL Commissioner Goodell: Win-Win With League Safer And More Popular Than Ever
Published October 4, 2011
TAKE TWO: Univ. of California-San Francisco Neurological Surgery Department Chair Mitchel Berger said that the NFL’s committee on concussion research is planning a study "that could begin gathering data as soon as next season." Berger yesterday said that he and the NFL’s subcommittee on former players and long-term effects of brain and spine injury “had been holding conference calls regarding the study every two weeks” with NFLPA reps. He added that he "hoped to make a final presentation to the union and Commissioner Roger Goodell ‘in the near future.’” Berger said that he “was aware of the issues surrounding the previous study” that was shut down by the league in ‘09, and said that the “latest model was completely different.” He said that the new study “will include about 1,400 people, aged 45 to 59, and divided into three groups.” The first group will be “retired NFL players; the second will be people who played college football but never professionally; and the third will be a control group of nonathletes who have some medical commonalities with the first two” (Sam Borden, N.Y. TIMES, 10/4).