Despite the recent headlines concerning concussions in football, the NFL continues to show little concern about the issue.

 

As reported earlier by Deadspin, the NFL is walking away from its deal with the National Institutes of Health, paying less than half of what it promised five years ago when the deal was struck.

The agreement, which is set to expire next month, included a promise by the NFL to pledge $30 million towards concussion research during the deal's tenure. 


There is still $16 million left unaccounted for, and the NIH has told ESPN that the deal will expire next month as expected, without the NFL paying the rest of its pledge.

 

 This comes just days after the finding of a CTE study concluded that 99% of former NFL player's brains studied had evidence of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a disease linked to concussions suffered during the players' careers.

 

It also comes just one day after the sudden retirement of 26-year-old Ravens lineman John Urschel, a math whiz and MIT doctoral candidate, who's decision was directly affected by the findings of the study, according to ESPN.

 Over the past two seasons, 34 players aged 30 or younger have retired from the NFL, many over concerns related to concussions and health issues. 


The issue seems to only be getting bigger for the NFL, whose attempts to quiet the hysteria around the subject are seemingly ineffective.

 

In case you were wondering, the NFL made $13 billion in revenue in 2016. Perhaps its time for commissioner Roger Goodell and the league to step up and properly address the concussion issue instead of backing out of deals that it could pay with less than one percent of its income.