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Washington Post, May 15, 2017
Rick Maese, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report


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The physical demands are different. The types and severity of injuries are different. And the economics can vary wildly. But there are several common threads shared by professional sports leagues when it comes to health and safety issues and a new report from the Harvard Law School sought to identify, study and compare them.

The study, released Monday by researchers at the Petrie-Flom Center, found that the NFL offers many health benefits superior to other professional sports leagues but identified several areas for improvement. They included improving life insurance offerings, expanding its pension benefit and amending some of the rules that govern inherent and inevitable injuries, such as concussions.

The 255-page report is the largest and most thorough comparative study of its kind, and researchers included information from six pro sports leagues — NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS and the Canadian Football League — and their respective players’ unions. Though funded by money set aside by the NFL and its players union, it wasn’t subject to approval by any of the leagues.

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