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‘Soft’ helmet to debut in NFL this fall

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 25 / 16

A new “soft” football helmet funded in part by the NFL has received a key certification and is in line to be worn on the field for games this season. The product marks another touch point in the continuing narrative for the NFL that...

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