The National Football League has a big problem on its hands, one that threatens the future of the league. In only the most recent attack on the viability of the safety of the NFL, the estate of deceased former football player Junior Seau filed a lawsuit after an examination by the National Institute of Health reported that Seau’s brain showed signs of the harmful neurodegenerative disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Seau, the glorified ex linebacker of the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots from 1990 through 2009, and one of the most popular players of his generation, committed suicide after dealing with bouts of headaches, depression and dementia. He shot himself in the heart with a shotgun and requested that his brain be used to further brain studies. The lawsuit alleges that the NFL failed to protect players about the dangers of the sport, as well as fraudulently withholding or misrepresenting the risks involved. It alleges that “the NFL was aware of the evidence and risks associated with traumatic brain injuries for many decades, but deliberately ignored and actively concealed the information from players.” It further claims that Seau “reasonably relied on the NFL’s fraudulent concealment and affirmative representation regarding the danger.” The lawsuit additionally names helmet manufacturer Riddel for defective products. In a potential PR nightmare, the NFL has stated that they have spent over a billion dollars in player medical costs, pensions and benefits, and they deny any wrongdoing. However, Seau’s lawsuit, in addition to the thousands of other lawsuits filed by former players and their families can expose the league to crippling verdicts that could eventually spell the demise of the league. The viability of these lawsuits depends on whether the NFL is guilty on either of 2 different causes of actions: (1) Negligence or (2) Fraud.