N.F.L. Suicides, Union talks (NYTimes, BBC)

Players Shaken by Duerson’s Suicide Message
By ALAN SCHWARZ
Published: February 20, 2011

 […] The roughly 20 N.F.L. veterans found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy — several of whom committed suicide — died unaware of the disease clawing at their brains, how the protein deposits and damaged neurons contributed to their condition.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/sports/football/21duerson.html?_r=1&ref=health

NFL Clubs and Players Meet Mediatior Over Agreement

The National Football League and the players’ union, the NFLPA, have started a federal mediation process in their disagreement over working arrangements. The current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and players ends on 4 March and talks have stalled. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service(FMCS) has been directing talks. The negotiations cover wages, drug testing, health and pension benefits, and plans to increase the regular season from 16 to 18 games. Earlier this month the club owners filed an unfair labour practice complaint against the players’ union.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12505402

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