When Things Don’t Quite Go Your Way…

And even if it’s just a paltry few million, you know the League will still cut your study off at the kneecaps if they see the results totally going against them; they won’t ever hesitate to cut off your pledged funding.

Remember back 5 years ago when the NFL tried another PR stunt by making a pledge to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) for $30 million to study the link between football and concussions (just like they did by helping kick off Sports Legacy Institute – now called the Concussion Legacy Foundation – with their initial $1 million donation!).

Our friend, Patrick Hruby, wrote a terrific post about that settlement deal back in November 2015 – click HERE to read that piece.

Anyway, ESPN’s Fainaru brothers dissect the details of the NFL’s pullout from their financial commitment to funding the study.

NFL to End Partnership with National Institutes of Health on Concussion Study

Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru

July 28, 2017

Nearly five years ago, the NFL donated $30 million to the National Institutes of Health for brain research, an initiative that commissioner Roger Goodell touted as a demonstration of the league’s commitment to fund independent science exploring the link between football and brain disease. But the marriage between the NFL and the government agency appears headed for a divorce.

NIH officials decided months ago to let the agreement expire in August with more than half of the money unused, following a bitter dispute in 2015 in which the NFL backed out of a major study that had been awarded to a researcher who had been critical of the league, Outside the Lines has learned.

The expected NFL-NIH breakup would mark an uneasy conclusion to an initiative often billed as the largest single donation in NFL history. In the end, the NIH has signaled its willingness to leave approximately $16 million on the table, a measure of the mistrust that built up following the league’s unsuccessful efforts to rescind funding awarded to a group led by Robert Stern, a Boston University neuroscientist.

Click HERE to read the rest of that ESPN post.


When Things Don’t Quite Go Your Way… — 1 Comment

  1. George Visger

    Another classic NFL PR move. Looks good on paper ’til it comes time to sign the check. You wouldn’t think $30 million would be that big a deal. Even if sleazy Goodell paid it himself, it would still leave him $19 million from his annual chump-change salary.

    George Visger
    Super Bowl XVI
    San Francisco 49ers
    ’80 & ’81

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