NHL Head’s Strong Dismissal Of CTE Link Could Be A Mistake

Law360, New York (July 27, 2016, 10:32 PM EDT) -- In a recent letter to a U.S. senator, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman dismissed any link between hockey and the degenerative brain condition known as CTE, citing a lack of scientific certainty, but some attorneys say the commissioner may have gone too far even as the league faces multidistrict litigation over the effects of head injuries.

Responding to inquiries from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bettman said not only is there a lack of scientific certainty linking hockey to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which has been diagnosed in several former NFL football players through post-mortem analysis of their brains, but...

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