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September 12, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
Deion Sanders is far from the only present-day employee of the National Football League to have filed a workers' compensation claim in California claiming head or brain injuries. At least 43 present-day assistant coaches and front office personnel who previously played in the league have filed claims against their former teams in the last half-dozen years, records show . In addition, more than six television analysts for NFL Network, which is owned by the league, have made such claims.
September 9, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Months of heavy lobbying by the National Football League and other professional sports team owners paid off when lawmakers gave final passage to a bill to limit most workers' compensation claims by out-of-state professional athletes. The bill, AB 1309 by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), cleared the Assembly on a 66-3 vote and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law, Perea's office said. Last week, the measure received an overwhelming endorsement in the state Senate with a 34-2 vote.
August 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
ESPN has severed ties with a hard-hitting PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League's management of player head injuries - a two-hour show that was a collaboration between the sports giant and the public television network. The decision raises questions about whether the sports network yielded to pressure from the NFL, and highlights the delicate balance it must maintain with its billion-dollar partner. ESPN asked Thursday to have its logos and credit removed from the "Frontline" episode, which includes interviews with former NFL players and is not expected to portray the league in a flattering light.
May 22, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
An Orange County sheriff's reserve deputy was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon with severe head injuries after what appeared to be a domestic incident, authorities said. A 17-year-old male who also lives in the home in the 21000 block of Shadow Rock Lane in Rancho Santa Margarita is being questioned by investigators as a person of interest, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Amormino said he could not confirm the relationship between the victim and the teenager.
May 15, 2013 | Helene Elliott
San Jose winger Raffi Torres' jarring hit of Kings center Jarret Stoll on Tuesday triggered a sizable ripple effect that could alter the tone and course of the teams' Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The ripples could spread far enough for the Kings to lose a valued penalty killer for a while and for the NHL to severely punish Torres, a multiple repeat offender under the league's often murky code of justice. Torres was suspended Wednesday pending an in-person hearing scheduled Thursday in New York with the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
April 5, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The two hikers who were lost for days in Orange County's rugged backcountry remain hospitalized and are showing signs of improvement, but a reserve deputy who fell during the dramatic rescue is in serious condition with head injuries. The day after the second of the two hikers was found hidden in head-high brush, family members thanked the search teams and volunteers who scoured the area around Trabuco Canyon, and one of the rescued hikers issued a statement Friday praising those who had come to his aid. "I want to thank all those who never stopped trying to find me and Kyndall….
January 26, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NEW ORLEANS -- Over the last two decades, the NFL seemingly could do no wrong. The Dallas Cowboys, bought by Jerry Jones for $150 million in 1989, are now valued at $2.1 billion. Twenty of the league's 32 teams are valued at $1 billion or more. Eight of the country's top 15 most-watched TV programs were Super Bowls, and more than 100 million people around the globe are expected to tune in for next Sunday's matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Fans will pay thousands of dollars per ticket just to get inside the Superdome to watch the game in person.
January 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer and Rosie Mestel
Junior Seau, among the greatest linebackers in NFL history, suffered from degenerative brain disease when he fatally shot himself in May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday, another blow to a league whose former players say they were never warned about the dangers of head injuries. More than 2,000 former players are suing the NFL, contending the league never properly addressed the problems with head injuries and in many cases withheld information about the long-term effects associated with them.
December 9, 2012 | SAM FARMER
Are NFL kickoffs in their final days? Nothing's official, of course, but it's clear the league is determined to find a safer alternative to one of football's most exciting plays. Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that the competition committee will look into ways of eliminating kickoffs, thereby reducing the likelihood of head injuries and other catastrophic outcomes. This isn't idle talk. The league could be facing billions in damages as a result of head-injury lawsuits, and those would outweigh any arguments about the sanctity of the game.
October 20, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
For decades, hits to the head have been as much a part of football as touchdowns and chilled beers. But recently, more and more athletes have spoken out about the long-term damage they've sustained from repeated concussions incurred during games and practice. These types of head injuries are dangerous to adults, but they're even more concerning when they happen over and over again to children. Because of that, parents, teachers and coaches are looking for ways to make the game safer.
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