How America’s negative mood helped expose the NFL concussion scandal

Football season is upon us. From the little dreamers running onto pee-wee fields to the larger-than-life gladiators of the National Football League, America’s most popular sport will own much of our attention over the next six months. Negative attention in recent years, however, has notched a few chinks in the NFL’s armor. The league has become embroiled in controversy over on-field social justice protests, which have elicited a fiery response from the president. Another major thorn in the NFL’s side is the NFL concussion scandal: ongoing revelations of a link between head trauma in football and incurable brain disease.