Alarming CTE numbers unlikely to change NFL’s popularity

In an undated handout, images of the brains of 111 ex-NFL players, who died as young as 23 and as old as 89. 110 of the 111 were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, according to a survey published on July 25, 2017 in The Journal of the American Medical Association. (Brain Images from CTE Center at Boston University via The New York Times)  — NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED FBN-BRAINS BY WARD, WILLIAMS AND MANCHESTER FOR JULY 27, 2017. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. Ñ

Despite a study that more than 99 percent of donated brains of former NFL players had the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, don’t expect fans to stop watching the nation’s most popular league.

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