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CNBC Sports Biz tackles NHL concussions

Dec 16, 2011, 11:50 PM EDT

Concussions have obviously been a hot (if deeply sad) subject in the NHL this week. You can expect more discussion on that subject as time goes on, but here’s CNBC Sports Biz’s take on what many are calling an “epidemic.” (Quick aside: gotta love the draft day picture of Sidney Crosby.)

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  1. nhlbruins90 - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    I didn’t see the show tonight, but is it really an epidemic or an increase in reporting and awareness of concussions? That’s an open question. In any event, there’s definitely a problem when so many of your players are on the sidelines. Everybody has a strong incentive to reduce concussions (not eliminate, that’s impossible in a contact sport).

  2. rainyday56 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    I’m starting to smell a rat. I don’t doubt for a minute the severity of Crosby’s condition. However, with the current state of the economy, the NHL is hurting financially, the current CBA not working in this economic climate. I am wondering if a lot of these concussion doctors notes merely serve as justification to pay a large number of sitting players from insurance? Don’t forget insurance payments have always been an important revenue stream for the NHL, which has never had a major league size television contract to keep them awash in cash.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      The NHL seems to be doing quite well financially, and the current CBA has been great for players and owners alike. Even in these tough economic times, the motto seems to be “let’s keep a good thing going”.

      Sidney and company generate a lot more revenue on the ice than any insurance payment. A novel thought, but groundless.

  3. Jeff - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    I think it’s an awareness and reporting factor. Still concussions need to be addressed – more respect and softer equipment.

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