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‘Frontline’ presents ‘League of Denial’ Oct. 8

League of Denial explores claims by scientists and former players that show the National Football League denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming rate of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats.

Frontline will present League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, a two hour program that explores why the NFL is under assault from thousands of former players who have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” airs at 9 p.m. Oct. 8 on WCNY.

Frontline will feature prizewinning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN to reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries and draw from their forthcoming book, “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth.”

WCNY previewed the Frontline program Oct. 4 in an episode of“Insight, WCNY’s Emmy Award-winning news and public affairs show. The program reported on recent football-related fatalities and serious sports injuries.

Insight host Jim Aroune spoke with sports equipment industry experts, brain-injury researchers, local interscholastic sports officials and athletes to help viewers learn more about the true nature of injuries sustained by football players.

The program also featured interviews with high school football trainer Dave Boyland, who was one of the first on the scene when a Phoenix High School football player sustained a fatal contact-related head injury; physicist Eric Blackman, who’s studying how to make football helmets safer; and Dr. Jeff Bazarian, who has studied brain injuries sustained by football players.

Watch the Insight episode

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