There's no denying the popularity of football in American culture. The sport draws parents and high school students out on Friday nights. College and university arenas fill up on the weekends. The NFL draws some of the highest ratings on television.
But has the sport been safe for the players? The National Football League has been accused of knowing about and covering up reports that the sport has caused long-term brain injuries on many players.
WV PBS will bring our viewers an important investigative news report from FRONTLINE on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9 p.m. that will attempt to answer many questions: What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? What's the truth about the risks to players? What can be done?
This two-hour FRONTLINE report, "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis," attempts to reveal a hidden story with the help of ESPN journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, who draw from their forthcoming book, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth, as well as more than 200 interviews with scientists, doctors and former players.
This report comes just as the NFL recently settled a lawsuit by 4,200 former players who claimed football led to brain damage.
Here is a preview of this special report:
Chances to watch:
On WV PBS
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2 a.m.
On WV PBS.2
Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.