A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL alleging that the league has not done enough to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit was filed last week in Washington and now includes over 200 former players.

The issue of concealment is at the centre of the lawsuit. As one excerpt reads: “The NHL’s active and purposeful concealment of the severe risks of brain injuries exposed players to unnecessary dangers they could have avoided had the NHL provided them with truthful and accurate information and taken appropriate action to prevent needless harm.”

News of the lawsuit against the NHL comes only three months after the NFL agreed to pay $765M to former players now suffering from dementia and other concussion-related health problems. By settling, the NFL did not have to admit any wrongdoing.

Sports law expert Eric Macramalla says it must be proved in court that the NHL chose not to share information about the long-term neurological impacts of repeated head shots. Without evidence, “the case will ultimately fail,” says Macramalla.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly acknowledged the seriousness of the issue but admits no wrongdoing. “We are completely satisfied with the responsible manner in which the League and the Player’s Association have managed Player safety over time. We intend to defend the case vigorously.”

News of the concussion lawsuit comes just days before the NHL announced a $5.2B deal with Rogers Communications, giving the media mogul all broadcast and multimedia rights in Canada. It’s the largest deal of its kind in the NHL’s history and will cover 12 seasons, beginning in 2014/15.

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The concussion settlement between the NFL and 6000 retired players has settled. But a new book hitting shelves today is sure to reignite the controversy.

How did the NFL spend twenty years covering up and denying scientific evidence linking football to brain damage?

This is the question that League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth is tackling head on. Some say the story could threaten the future of football.

The ESPN investigative reporters who co-authored League of Denial rely on exclusive interviews, previously undisclosed documents, and private emails to tell their story.

Three former college athletes have filed a lawsuit against the NCAA. They say the league failed to educate football players about the risks of head injuries. In addition to financial compensation, the players are asking the NCAA to fund a medical monitoring program to help with lifelong effects of brain injury.

Members of the class-action suit say they are at risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.

This is the second attempt at a class-action concussion suit against the NCAA.

Did the NFL conceal the risks of head injuries? Who is responsible to pay for head injuries; the NFL or individual teams? NBC Sports reports the beginning of what is likely to be a long trial process to sort this out.

We’ve blogged about brain injuries that many former NFL players have suffered from years of play. District Judge Brody has to decide if these injuries are workplace safety issues that belong in arbitration. 

Junior Seau took his life in May 2012 with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A former linebacker for the NFL, Seau played for 20 years with San Diego, Miami, and New England. After his death, his family donated his brain to the National Institutes of Health for research analysis. The report came back positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative brain disease that can occur after multiple hits to the head.