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NFL Relaxes Video Board Rules To Encourage Crowd Noise
Published April 12, 2013
RIGHT PLATFORM FOR ISSUE: A N.Y. TIMES editorial states Federal District Court Judge Anita Brody, who is considering whether a case against the NFL filed by retirees can move forward, should “allow the cases to proceed.” Though the retired players “would have to show that their injuries were not sustained in college or high school, they deserve the chance to prove in court that there is a link between the violent professional game and head trauma, and that the injuries occurred because the NFL breached a common-law duty to avoid this harm.” After “years of debate in the volatile court of public opinion, the place to address and resolve these serious and important charges is in a steady and independent court of law” (N.Y. TIMES, 4/12). CBS' Jason La Canfora said if people say they know how the concussion lawsuit will turn out, they are “lying to you.” La Canfora: “People who live and breathe this don’t. This is kind of unchartered territory in terms of professional sports. ... Football players walk into this sport knowing they’re taking certain risks. I guess the key question is, did the NFL know certain things and go out of their way to hide it, and then can that be proven in a court of law.” La Canfora speculated the longer the case stays in the courts, the "worse it is for the league.” The NFL is “pulling out all the stops to try to get this thrown out now and not let it enter the system” (“Rome,” CBS Sports Network, 4/11).