A letter to Roger Goodell seeks confirmation that the NFL will honor its agreement over concussion research funding.
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Published on Jul. 27, 2017
Roger Goodell is taking heat from Congress over concussion research.
Via Deadspin, a letter from members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce was sent to the league asking why $18 million is still owed to the National Institutes of Health.
“With little more than a month remaining in the initial five-year agreement establishing SHRP (Sports Health and Research Program), the NFL has yet to contribute the remaining $18 million pledged to support research into health issues affecting athletes through NIH,” the letter reads. “Since this research is critical to improving our understanding of the increased health risks that athletes face from their sport as well as ways to prevent and mitigate such risks for the future, we would hope that the NFL would follow through on its commitment to provide the balance of its $30 million donation.”
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In 2012, the NFL agreed to pay $30 million over five years to NIH for research as an “unrestricted” pledge. The agreement expires next month.
A league spokesperson responded to the Washington Post by saying the NFL is “currently engaged in constructive discussions” with the NIH.
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