This Is What The NFL Does To Those Who Challenge It On Screen

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These kids are why the NFL needs to control this concussion thing.


 
Will Smith’s blockbuster movie Concussion is set to spread the message of how big of an issue head injuries are for the NFL and football in general. If history has shown us anything, it’s that the NFL will not take to well to this kind of undressing.
 

Challenging The NFL

CNN outlines the majority of it:

The 2003 ESPN drama “Playmakers” lasted just one season before former league commissioner Paul Tagliabue rang ex-Disney head Michael Eisner to complain of the subject matter depicted in the fictional league (drugs, domestic violence, paralysis, homosexuality, to name a few), according to the New York Times.

Tagliabue deemed the show ”one-dimensional and traded in racial stereotypes, and I didn’t think that was either appropriate for ESPN or right for our players.”

Disney is the parent company of ESPN, which has several broadcasting contracts with the NFL. Eisner decided against greenlighting the series for a second season.

The 2003 ESPN drama Playmakers lasted just one season before former league commissioner Paul Tagliabue rang ex-Disney head Michael Eisner to complain of the subject matter depicted in the fictional league (drugs, domestic violence, paralysis, homosexuality, to name a few), according to the New York Times.

Tagliabue deemed the show ”one-dimensional and traded in racial stereotypes, and I didn’t think that was either appropriate for ESPN or right for our players.”

Disney is the parent company of ESPN, which has several broadcasting contracts with the NFL. Eisner decided against greenlighting the series for a second season.

Vice revisited the 1979 movie “North Dallas Forty” starring Nick Nolte, a work of fiction based on a semi-autobiographical novel by former Cowboys receiver Peter Gent. The movie was faithful to the realities of the game with some scenes reenactments of events from Gent’s own career, and others simply grounded in the universal truths of life in professional football during the 1970s. How did the NFL respond? They blacklisted anyone who aided in making the film.

For what it’s worth, the NFL released the following statement:

We welcome any conversation about player health and safety,” said the NFL in a statement sent to CNN. “Broader and deeper awareness of these issues will positively impact all athletes.

“The NFL has made numerous changes to the game to enhance the health and safety of players at all levels of football. These include nearly 40 rule changes in the last decade, strict concussion protocols, and better training and sideline medical care.

“We’re seeing measurable results, including a 34% decrease in concussions in NFL games since the 2012 season.

“Additionally, we are funding independent scientific and medical research and the development of better protective equipment to advance further progress. The game continues to change, and the safety of our players remains our highest priority.”

Concussion is probably worth seeing though I’m not buying Will Smith as an African, and I’m awfully skeptical of it with a PG-13 rating. It’s better to have some ground in what backlash there may or may not be.

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