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NFL Concussions: Who’s Responsible? Who Pays?


football*Postponed due to extreme weather conditions - new date September 20, 2014

Emmitsburg, Maryland - Mount St. Mary's University and the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business will host a panel discussion on March 3, exploring the dangers of on-field head injuries to professional football players and who should be accountable, as part of its 20th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Symposium.

The symposium: NFL Concussions: Who's Responsible? Who Pays?, will provide a multi-layer discussion on the National Football League's growing challenge of head injuries occurring during games, and will feature Tony Agnone, C'75, long-time president of Eastern Athletic Services and an agent representing NFL players for more than 30 years; Authur McAfee III, partner at the McAfee Group, former counsel for the NFL Players Association and serves on the board of the Center for the Protection of Athletes Rights, Inc., David Cloutier, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at the Mount, Kevin E. Crutchfield, M.D., neurologist with Sinai Neurology Associates and additional experts in the field.

The panel will also explore pending litigation between the NFL and its former players. Through the years, more than 4,500 former players or family members have filed suit against the league, some accusing the league of fraud for its handling of concussions. They include former running back Tony Dorsett and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon, who suffers from dementia.

In January, a federal judge in Philadelphia denied preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing it may not be enough to cover 20,000 retired players.

"We will analyze recent revelations of the depth of harm done to football players and the many concerns raised within Christian circles," says Cloutier. "We will ask how much moral complicity is involved for businesses sponsoring such events and perhaps even more painfully, the degree of moral complicity of fans. The questions of moral responsibility are complicated, but they are very relevant to our day-to-day choices of our entertainment."

The Mount created the Corporate Social Responsibility Symposium in 1994 and, according to Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D., dean of the Bolte School, "we have challenged students, faculty, and the business community to consider people as well as profits, morality as well as market-share, and service as well as self. The event has become a cornerstone of the school of business' efforts to teach ethics and corporate social responsibility."

The Symposium takes place in Knott Auditorium at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Richard J. Bolte, School of Business at 301-447-5396.

 
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