Briefcase: NFL Players And Health Laws

Guest, Professor Jessica Roberts.


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Superbowl 51 brought celebrity, nightlife, and millions to football-obsessed Houston. In an effort to move beyond the glamour of the game, Professor Jessica Roberts, with The University of Houston Law Center worked with fellow health law experts to study legal protections for NFL hopefuls and players. Professor Roberts explained how health laws are applied differently to professional athletes.

"Federal statutes regulate employer's access to their employee's medical information," Roberts said. "NFL hiring and employment practices involve pre and post contract medical exams, public release of results, and family history inquiries that seem to violate those laws."

But can teams support their players and protect their corporate interests?

"Professional football players are employees and deserve all the accompanying legal protections," Roberts continued. "The teams and the league should take a closer look at the law to ensure they are complying fully."