News & Notes 7.20.11

Has the NFL purposefully concealed the true impact of head injuries?

NFL, Riddell Sued for Allegedly Concealing Brain Injury Risks: TMZ first reported that 75 former professional football players are suing the NFL, claiming it intentionally concealed the harmful effects of game-related concussions for 90 years. According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court, the players and their wives claim, “The NFL knew as early as the 1920′s of the harmful effects on a player’s brain of concussions; however, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players and the public.”

United Football League’s Woes Continue: Legal Blitz friend Darren Heitner reports on SportsAgentBlog.com that the UFL has suspended operations for 30 days, shortened training camp and could be nearing financial collapse.

Ivy League to Limit Full-Contact Football Practices: The New York Times reports that The Ivy League will announce on Wednesday that, in an effort to minimize head injuries among its football players, it will sharply reduce the number of allowable full-contact practices teams can hold from five per week down to two.

The Fall of Lenny Dykstra: The New York Times details the financial and criminal ruin of the player once known as “Nails.”

No Plans For NCAA Probe Into Defrauding of Basketball Coaches: ESPN reports that the NCAA has no intention at present of opening a formal probe into whether a number of high-profile basketball and football coaches and other NCAA officials were defrauded by Houston financial planner and AAU basketball operator David Salinas, a source familiar with the matter told ESPN.com.

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